In 'Hall Pass,' two husbands plunge into chasing women after being granted a week off from their marriages by their wives in this crass comedy.
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Peter and Bobby Farrelly are gross-out artists in transition. Like others of their ilk, such as Kevin Smith and Judd Apatow, they are moving warily into what passes for mellowing. What this means, in practical terms, is that in their new movie, “Hall Pass,” the Farrellys limit the extreme scatology sequences to a mere two.
Owen Wilson’s Rick and Jason Sudeikis’s Fred are best friends whose roving eyes exasperate their wives. Rick’s Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Fred’s Grace (Christina Applegate) devise a solution: Give the boys a “hall pass” – a one-time-only week off from their marriages during which, in order to get the wanderlust out of their system once and for all, they have permission to do whatever they want with whomever they want. The wives, in the meantime, go on vacation, where they encounter a college baseball team replete with studs.