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Hall Pass

Hall Pass is a 2011 comedy film from the Farrelly Brothers, starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, and Christina Applegate.

The film follows two friends, Rick and Fred, who are granted a week off from marriage by their wives, so that they can sleep with any woman they want after their wives notice they are obsessed with sex.

This film provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Brent to Leigh
  • All Men Are Perverts
  • Ambiguously Gay: Gary (Stephen Merchant).
  • Casanova Wannabe
  • Cool Old Guy / Old Master: Coakley (Richard Jenkins), the Badass Grandpa who mentors Rick and Fred on the art of picking-up women.
  • Cringe Comedy
  • Divorce Is Temporary: The film's main premise, albeit deliberately invoked.
  • Fan Disservice: Two naked men come out to pull Rick from the hot tub after he loses feeling in his muscles. We get a greeeeat close-up of a guy with exceptionally small manhood. There's also the girl whom Fred picks up; she sneezes out something extra...
  • Imagine Spot: Rick imagines what would happen if he hooked up with his kids' babysitter. He imagines being fired from his job, divorced, and unwanted at his kids' weddings.
    • Gary imagines how life for him would be if he got a hall pass. It doesn't end well ...or does it.
  • Male Gaze: Rick and Fred do this so obviously that their wives notice them even when they act like they're not.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Leigh and maybe Paige as well.
  • Refuge in Audacity: This is a Farrelly Brothers film, so obviously...
  • The Sociopath: Brent
  • The Stinger: Gary's wife sees how happy they are and suggests they do the hall pass. He imagines sleeping with an Asian woman whose husband finds out, and then ends up killing him, the woman, her grandmother, and a couple of teen witnesses, ending with him getting arrested, thrown into jail and getting raped. He still decides they should try it out.

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