36. Hall Pass/37. Horrible Bosses

In today’s double dose, I’ll begin with Hall Pass starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as two suburbanites who are bored and restless with the boundaries of marriage. After getting caught running their mouths about other desirable women and the woes of matrimony their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, respectively) give them a “hall pass” to do as they please with whomever they want for a week.  Problem is, the wives end up having tons more fun which leaves somewhat of a boring slog with Wilson and Sudeikis.

Aside from a couple of big laughs I was ultimately disappointed with this film. I felt it was quite anticlimactic and aimless. Steer very clear of this film and take a chance on another comedy.  2 stars out of 5.

Moving on, Horrible Bosses boasts an all star cast with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as three average joes who absolutely hate their vile bosses.

Bateman is basically a slave with no promotion in site due to his major ass hole boss (Kevin Spacey) while Sudeikis is forced to put up with a coke addled party animal (Colin Farrell)
who just inherited the business. Lastly, Charlie Day is a dental assistant who is constantly harassed and threatened by his nymphomaniac boss played by Jennifer Aniston.

As the three guys decide the only way out of their predicaments is to kill their bosses, they hire a supposed hitman named “Motherfucker” Jones (Jamie Foxx) to assist and hilarity ensues. I thought Charlie Day was hysterical and frantic and that Jennifer Aniston turned in one of her funniest performances ever.

We have all hated our bosses at one time or another, so it’s easy to relate to the plot and also enjoy the escapist idea of knocking them off.  I came in with low expectations and was handsomely rewarded. I must also say I’m looking forward to more roles from Charlie Day. Bravo.

The survey says 3 stars out of 5.

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5 Comments on “36. Hall Pass/37. Horrible Bosses”

  1. July 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Have a SUPER week, Brad!

    Lovin’ the site. H.G.

  2. July 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Thanks hare! And the same to you sir

  3. July 19, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    I gotta say, I am not surprised by your review of Hall Pass. As for Horrible Bosses, I really felt let down by the trailer. Sure they have an all star cast, but when the trailer generally shows the best moments of the film, well… Think I’ll wait for video. Oh, and really rooting for more Charlie Day.

  4. July 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    horrible bosses was ok-perhaps in comparison to hall pass it comes off much better :)

  5. kim dukes
    July 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    just saw horrible bosses, jason bateman has become a super star, seems like he is in a lot of movies now, i agree with your rating

    kim dukes

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