The cast for the Farrelly brothers directed film Hall Pass, just keeps getting bigger and better, even though shooting already began two weeks ago in Atlanta.
Richard Jenkins and Bruce Thomas (Kyle XY) have just joined the New Line comedy, which stars Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer (The Office), Jason Sudeikis (SNL, The Cleveland Show) and Christina Applegate as two married couples whose wives give the husbands a "hall pass" to engage in extracurricular affairs.
Jenkins takes on the role of Coakley, a man who never settled down. Thomas portrays a baseball player for a minor league baseball team, owned by Fisher's character's father.
The already cast Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove, co-star as friends of the husbands, who “accompany them as they cut loose and attempt to cash their tickets.” Alyssa Milano, Larry Campbell and Vanessa Angel also star.
Pete Jones (Outing Riley, Stolen Summer) wrote the spec, which was rewritten by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, along with their Heartbreak Kid co-writer Kevin Barnett.
The guys at ScriptShadow have a review of the September 18th 2009 draft of the screenplay, which gives us more insight into what both sides of the couples do with their new found freedom. The territory they cover wouldn't be considered spoilerish, nothing they wouldn't show in the trailer.
/Film put together some excerpts from the review:
Grace and Maggie, the wives, aren’t exactly living the high life either. Taking care of the kids and keeping the family above water on a daily basis has taken its toll, and it’s clear that their marriages need something, some spark, to reinvigorate them. And it’s during a therapy session that Maggie gets the answer. Her therapist suggests giving her husband a “hall pass,” a free pass away from the marriage to do anything he wants, cheat, lie, steal, whatever. Maggie’s horrified by the idea but the therapist assures her that what most men realize when they get the opportunity to do whatever they want, is that they never really wanted to do it in the first place. Maggie discusses it with Grace, and the two reluctantly hand their husbands that most coveted of all treasures – FREEDOM!
In the meantime, the two gals will go hang out up at the summer home, allowing the men to have the lay of the land without interference. Fred and Rick can’t believe their luck. And the news spreads like wildfire. Soon, all of their friends are rushing over, wanting to witness the magical event firsthand. How many girls can they have sex with in a week? Ten? Twenty?? Well, as you can imagine, things don’t go exactly as planned. … Rick and Fred realize that, hey wait a minute, picking up women is hard. And now that there’s actually pressure to *do* something instead of just *saying* they’re going to do something, it’s like, really hard. Not to mention they don’t exactly have the stomachs and the hair that they used to. Each day of “picking up women,” therefore, ends in pathetic failure, making them feel even worse than if they’d never gotten a hall pass in the first place. To make matters worse, their wives realize, hey, if the guys aren’t officially married to *them* anymore, then they must not be married either, which means they can experience a little Desperate Housewives action of their own. So they head over to Maggie’s father’s minor league baseball team and start swooning over the hot young baseball studs, which leads to all sorts of temptation. Will they cave? Will the guys cave? Does anyone really want to cheat?
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