Hall Pass (2011)
My obsessive need to see movies that come out in the calender year led me to this, the latest and most mediocre of the Farrelly brother films. Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play suburban dads who think they could get some action if they only weren’t TIED DOWN TO THESE BORING WIVES JESUS CHRIST ALREADY. Their wives, inspired by Joy Behar (I’m serious), decide to give them both weeklong “hall passes” to prove that they wouldn’t enjoy single life anymore. They waste half of this time on moronic adventures with their friends (including Stephen Merchant, whom is inexplicably allowed to keep his British accent and wear ascots), then have ONE CRAZY NIGHT of near-sex before realizing their mistakes. The film still finds a way to be incredibly sexist, as the only infidelity occurs when Sudeikis’s wife fucks a baseball player, then gets into a car crash while crying about it. Spoiler, like you care.
Cedar Rapids (2011)
We’ve got ourselves a mini-genre — “one crazy night” films starring middle-aged people instead of sexy teens. In this one, Ed Helms plays a naive moron who’s never left his small Wisconsin town, but has to present his insurance firm’s award submission at a conference after the company’s star kills himself while masturbating. (This is the second-best comedy of the last four years that hinges on a character’s autoerotic asphyxiation, after “World’s Greatest Dad.”) Helms ends up getting corrupted with record speed, before discovering… oh, some lesson or another. Whatever. There’s some amusing “lol, rubes!” comedy featuring John C. Reilly (who is hilariously convincing as an ugly divorcee who thinks he can fuck anything that hovers in his field of vision) and the guy who played Clay Davis on “The Wire.” The movie’s best joke is that he’s a black nerd who’s obsessed with “The HBO program ‘The Wire.'”
Sucker Punch (2011)
If you told me that no one involved with the film’s production had ever seen a movie, but were instead basing their project on what someone described a “movie” to entail, I’d buy it.
It includes this line: “Sweet Pea, Baby Doll is right!”