“Hall Pass,” which was filmed in Atlanta and stars Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate and Jason Sudeikis, is out this Friday. If Gov. Nathan Deal sees it he’s going to rush through an executive order rescinding filmmaker tax breaks in Georgia.
It’s that bad.
Wilson and Sudeikis play two married dudes whose eyes bug out of their heads every time a pretty young female crosses their paths. (Never mind their wives are the lovely Fischer and Applegate).
Fed up with with their husbands’ antics the girls give them a week off from their obligations as married men, thanks to the advice of their sage counselor neighbor played Joy Behar - who sticks around long enough for one scene and wisely exits.
(Alyssa Milano also makes a brief appearance. Actually, her massively enhanced chest does. We can’t remember if she even has any lines.)
Left to their own devices the guys defile a golf course, cruise for chicks at Applebee’s and end up realizing they love their families.
That’s not a spoiler – the movie is utterly predictable, and anyway, if you have any sense you’ll skip this Farrelly brothers heap that the New York Observer correctly calls “garbage waiting for the dump truck.” Thin plot, poor character development, toilet humor, cultural insensitivity, general raunchiness? Check, check, check, check, check.
While the movie is set in Rhode Island (mercifully) it was filmed here last year, so if you look closely you’ll spot some local landmarks. Let us be clear: this is a dreadful film and we recommend staring at the sun rather than spending money to go see it. However if you are kidnapped and forced to watch it at gunpoint, here are some local spots to look for. A club scene was shot at the Gold Room on Piedmont Avenue. During another scene the guys are chugging cans of Whynatte, the locally based coffee drink. Gwinnett Medical Center was the site for a hospital scene although it is changed to “Falmouth Hospital” for the film (Foul Mouth, get it? Clever).
And good old Johnny’s Hideway, that venerable lounge, gets huge love from the film. Unlike other places the filmmakers didn’t bother changing the name so Johnny’s sign is prominently featured a number of times.
We were told that after the scenes filmed there last year, the cast came back to Johnny’s just for fun. We’re guessing they needed a drink.
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org