For the second time within a month, I tricked myself into going to a movie that I thought would be good, only to have my hopes dashed in Theater #1 at the River Cinema 15.Â First it was the dreadful “Just Go With It.”Â Â This weekend the offender was the Farrelly brothers’ latest offering, “Hall Pass.”Â I don’t know what happened to the Farrelly brothers, but they’ve lost their MoJo.Â And their wit.Â And their senses of humor.
“Hall Pass” is about a couple of 40-something buddies who are given a “week off” from marriage by their wives.Â Hilarity ensues For 90 minutes I chuckled a few times, shook my head in mild disgust a few times, but mostly wondered why two people would sit directly behind me in an otherwise empty theater.Â Why do people do that?Â I actually contemplated getting up and moving to the furthest corner but decided that was too aggressive.
Back to the movie.Â It tries too hard and comes up short.Â There’s a ton of physical humor in the movie, but very little of the witty humor we used to expect from the Farrelly brothers.Â What should have been a very funny premise fell short.
Thankfully, my weekend movie-viewing wasn’t a total waste.Â I finally got around to watching “The Hurt Locker.”Â Thanks to Jimmy From Accounting for continually asking me for the last year, “Have you watched The Hurt Locker yet?”Â That, my friends, is a well-made movie with incredible attention to detail. If it’s possible to watch a film and not breathe for two hours I think I did it.Â The words gripping and tense come to mind.Â And the idea of harm is around every corner in this war-based movie.Â A must see.
River Cinema 15
Popcorn and a 1/2 Red Gatorade and 1/2 Sprite beverage.
Hall Pass:Â 2 stars out of 5.