Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Silly Humour Not Enough in Hall Pass

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Silly Humour Not Enough in Hall Pass

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Byline: SAM DARROCH

THE Farrelly brothers have perfected the portrayal of male naivety through lewd humour and female objectification and their latest film Hall Pass sticks rigidly to the formula.

Unlike Stuck on You or Dumb and Dumber, Hall Pass deals with more legitimate issues, namely the disparate male versus female outlook on sex and the implications of that schism on marriage.

Two sex-obsessed men, Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis), are given a week off from marriage by their wives to pursue their loins' desires on a psychologist's suggestion.

Sure it sounds like a funny premise, but the cliched pretence of men's utter reliance on women that emerges is more troubling than humorous.

These wives already control their loyal husbands' every action, but when they can't control their thoughts (specifically regarding sex), they make a passive aggressive stand against their free will by deliberately pushing them toward an outcome that will cause conflict. …

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