Rick and Fred (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) are two domesticated husbands whose long marriages (to Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, ) have achieved somnolent routine in suburban Providence, Rhode Island.
Yet the wives worry. Rick is a girl watcher; Fred masturbates in the privacy of their parked Honda Odyssey (his predicament is, throughout, the less dignified). Under the guidance of a friend—Joy Behar, of course—the wives decide they shouldn’t let their husbands stew on “the slow boat to resentment.” The girls retreat to Cape Cod with the kids, gifting the guys with a week free from marital fidelity (and assuming the doofuses’ inability to cash in). This is the “hall pass.” You will not forget the title, as it is repeated four-score times during the movie.
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