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"Hall Pass" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Rick (Owen Wilson) and his wife Maggie (Jenna Fischer) are going through some marital issues.  The tension becomes too great and Maggie, upon the recommendation of a friend, decides to give Rick a Hall Pass- a week off from marriage where he can do whatever he wants.  Rick is torn on whether to be excited about his opportunity, or scared for his marriage.  Rick decides to embrace his Hall Pass and go for it.  His buddy Fred ends up in the same boat as Rick after he pushes his wife over the edge.  The two friends hit the town in search of some action, but find the game much harder to play than they expected. Meanwhile, their wives are away meeting and connecting with some other men.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 51 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate
  • Directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Oh Farrelly Brothers.. what happened to the good ol days of cinema classics like Dumb and Dumber? Hall Pass is a movie that you watch and forget about.  Apart from one shocking scene, there just isn’t anything memorable here. I would suggest skipping this movie, unless you are really bored and in the mood for something lighthearted and have already seen the hundreds of other better movies in this category.

Technical

Hall Pass is pretty decent in the picture quality department. Colors are strong, if not a bit hot at times, and there is plenty of sharp detail with no noticeable compression artifacts.  The audio is pretty boring, but it services this comedy just fine.

Extras

One Deleted Scene, a lame gag reel, and an extra 5 minute long extended cut of the film. Very weak in the extras department.