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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Bottom of the class for this dull comedy

HALL PASS Comedy. Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate >MARK EVANS

While I say comedy, I use that term loosely. The idea of guys going back to school/college has been done to death before -- and rarely has it been funny.

And while gross-out movies have their moments (Dumb and Dumber/There's Something About Mary), most are destined straight for the bottom shelf of your local video store.

Here, two old college buddies who fantasise about those far-off days are given the chance to relive their youth by their patient wives.

The guys are Rick (Owen Wilson) and best buddy Fred (Jason Sudeikis). They're different in personality now that they've hit their 40s.

Rick is a decent family man -- whose eyes are turned from time to time by passing hotties -- while Fred is the kind of bloke who never grew out of 'me me me' childhood.

But their wives, Maggie (Jenna Fischer) and Grace (Christina Applegate), give them the chance for one-last blowout to get those romanticised views of college out of their system.



Chemistry

The concept's not new, but it could be played for laughs. The only difficulty is that the two male leads have no chemistry, certainly nothing like Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber.

And even with Something About Mary directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly at the helm, the script just doesn't work.

Soon surrounded by tons of jailbait that's way out of their league, the boys descend into over-eating, playing computer games and golf.

It's painfully boring to watch and only the glimpses of nudity and the overt sex references will keep the teenage boy market enthralled.

Silly, but, worse still, it's dull.

DVD extras: The Blu-ray/DVD combo includes an extended cut of the film, plus a gag reel and one deleted scene

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