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‘Women win in the end’

Actors Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis on why Hall Pass is actually a pro-marriage chick flick.
Hindustan Times | By Priyanka Jain, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2011 03:21 PM IST

Famous for his comic portrayals in You, Me and Dupree, The Wedding Crashers and Little Fockers, actor Owen Wilson is back doing what he does best. This time, he features with Jason Sudeikis (What Happens in Vegas), in a concept that may be a dream for most men — getting a one-week hall pass from marriage with the freedom to do whatever they want.

Wilson says, “Most men would die to have a hall pass (from marriage). I would consider it too, if I were married.” The actor adds, “It probably exists in Scandinavian countries. They’re more evolved. You can’t do it in Latin countries. There’s too much passion.” Sudeikis points out the obvious problems with this dream-come-true, saying, “If you’re going to have a hall pass, your wife would also want one. And no guy would want that.”

Directed by brothers, Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, the film shows buddies Rick and Fred (Wilson and Sudeikis) who have been married for many years. When they begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalise their marriages: they grant the guys a “hall pass”.

After the initial debauchery, the men quickly discover that their expectations from the single life are hilariously out of sync with reality. Wilson says he wasn’t shocked when he first read the script, and could see that it would turn out to be a great comedy. He’s also done a full frontal nudity scene in the film, and says, “You can never prepare for a scene like that. I felt even more uncomfortable with Jason being in the background.”

Revealing how an R-rated film like his could get away with such a scene Sudeikis says, “It’s a dance we do with the censors. We do get away with dirty stuff, but you don’t want to inundate people with filth. If it has that hook of some emotional narrative, like in our movie which is pro-love and pro-marriage, then you do get away with some creepy stuff.”

Wilson terms the film as a chick flick. He says, “Bobby wanted to get the women’s side of the story also shown in the film. So though it’s a guy’s concept, at the end of the film, the women win. It’s ultimately a chick flick. They get to do more than the guys and we are humbled and trying to please them. "

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