VOD Spotlight: “Hall Pass”

There are plenty of date movies that will leave couples talking, but for many, Hall Pass may generate the most intense conversations. In this romantic comedy, two wives become fed up with their husbands’ constant rubbernecking of beautiful women, So they give the men, Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis), a two-week “hall pass” in which they can do whatever they like with no questions asked.

Of course, in this comedy directed by the Farrelly brothers (There’s Something About Mary), things don’t go as expected. “[Rick] has this illusion that if he was still out there, single, he’d just be crushing it,” says star Owen Wilson. Rick and Fred have no idea where to begin to pick up girls, but they have plenty of friends willing to offer advice — including that of the single “love doctor” Coakley (Richard Jenkins). He takes the two to his favorite clubs and, unlike the other married guys egging the two on, he offers some real help with picking up women. But when the time comes to “put up or shut up,” which way will the two guys go? And, of course, while the guys are away, what are the wives up to?

“Rather than just a fantasy about having a hall pass, it becomes a story about working to be sure your relationship is sustainable for the rest of your life,” says Christina Applegate, who plays Fred’s wife, Maggie. “There are a lot of broad moments, and crazy guys doing crazy things, but it’s also people working through a situation, which allows for some beautiful and heartfelt moments.” And, of course, plenty of laughs.

“Hall Pass” is now showing on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.

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