Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer| R |
It's easy to get prickly about Hall Pass' ethos that boobs and butts are great-too bad they're attached to women's brains. But frankly, the film is even meaner to men. Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Sudeikis), for example, are such twits that when their wives give them a "hall pass," a week off from marital vows, they think it's a swell idea, then blow their chances repeatedly. The guys end up with little more than rejections from girls half their age, close contact with naked men, and bruises. And what does their week get us? Gross-out humor you'll either adore or despise. Personally, I agree with Rick's wife, Maggie (Fischer), who says, after one of their inane stunts, "You thought that was funny?"
Of Gods and Men
Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale PG-13 |
This powerful, painful, French-language film is worth seeking out. Monks in Africa confront a tragic dilemma: Abandon their flock to extremists, or stay and face certain death. The pace is too leisurely, but the performances are flawless, and the film's force undeniable.