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Hall Pass: Movie Review

A week off from marriage huh? Makes us wonder how many married couples would actually opt to get a hall pass. In the Philippines, a lot would probably consider this idea of a pass off marriage as taboo. Heck, if Filipinos cannot agree on the reproductive health bill promoting safe sex, what more an ideology that somewhat promotes adultery? "Hall Pass" tries to tackle the issue of married men wanting more from their marriage - although in a comedic way. Read on to find out what we think of "Hall Pass" after the jump.

Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are both unhappy with their sex lives. It seems that their wives Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate) have lost the drive to do it. It does not help that both are utterly obsessed with the subject matter of sex - most especially Fred. Both men miss the good old days when they were single. In fact, both think they still have it with the girls. One day, the unthinkable happens, Maggie and Grace give Rick and Fred a "hall pass". The pass gives both men one whole week off marriage and they can do anything they want to - no questions asked. At first, it sounds like a dream come true for Rick and Fred but they soon discover that their expectations of the single life are completely and hilariously out of sync with what reality truly brings.

What we can say confidently about "Hall Pass" is it succeeds as a comedy film. It is one hellacious romp from start to finish and we never found ourselves not laughing hard. Although this is the case, "Hall Pass" feels like a rehash of films like "Pineapple Express" and "The Hangover". Like all copycats, it fails to impress against these original hits. The biggest drawback we saw with "Hall Pass" is it just feels incomplete and uninspired. Yes it made us laugh but in the back of ours heads, the movie never gels together. It was as if the creators of "Hall Pass" just threw everything they thought were funny, sexually-related and cool into a blender and hoped for the best. Worse, the local version had blatant cuts that threw us off more. "Hall Pass" will make you laugh out loud but at the end of the day, it is weak humor that a lot of people would consider disgusting, morally disturbing and shocking.

Rating: 3 and a half reels





Why you should watch it:
- definitely a funny film for those green-minded peeps

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- huge noticeable cuts were made to the local version
- a poor man's copy of "The Hangover"
- dirty, disgusting humor


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