The latest from the Farrelly Brothers has a bit of an identity crisis, it doesn’t know if it wants to be crude (which rarely works here) or sweet (which does kind of work) and it never finds the right balance.
A Hall Pass is a week off from marriage with no consequences for any and all infidelities. Rick and Fred each earns their respective passes for different dalliances in passive sexual aggression and plan a week off from their wives as they send them off to the family beach house. Back at home, the boys dive into their week of freedom while their friends attempt to live through them vicariously to rather mixed results.
The way the situation unfolds seems quite natural and believable and the way the guys start off their week seems just about perfect. As the week roles on and their situation plays out, the boys find that their week of freedom might not be what they at all expected. The women on the other hand find the freedom to be far more advantageous for them as they uncover some unexpected fun on their end of things.