Hall Pass

Director: Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Year Released: 2011
Rating: 3.0

Two sex-obsessed married men (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) are given a week of freedom from their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) to 'score' with as many women as they can, but it as it turns out, their wives are better at picking up men than they are at picking up women. The set-up may be a little screwy and the dick and shit jokes are puerile (no big shock, considering the directors) but the moral stance - underneath 'the crude' - is essentially: open relationships, in most cases, don't work. Richard Jenkins, in an uncharacteristic role that reminds me of Will Ferrell's lothario in Wedding Crashers, is marvelous as the guys' womanizing, emotionally-stunted mentor and precisely the person Our Heroes don't want to become - likewise, there's a Cougar, played by Kristen Carey, who represents women who never settled down and still dream of attracting younger men. Though this has been trounced critically and by (apparently humorless) audiences, I must fully confess it made me laugh regularly, which is all I can basically ask out of a comedy nowadays.