Gary Thompson: New DVDs: 'Battle: Los Angeles' and 'Hall Pass'

Jason Sudeikis (left) and Owen Wilson star in "Hall Pass."
Jason Sudeikis (left) and Owen Wilson star in "Hall Pass."
Posted: June 17, 2011

ACTION, comedy and unintentional comedy are in this week's DVD bin.

There is "Battle: Los Angeles," a routine alien invasion that vaguely mimics "District 9" without the narrative dimension and interesting subtext. The aliens are strictly impersonal CGI, and not very bright, as they make the mistake of attacking Michelle Rodriguez. Have these aliens never seen an Earth action movie?

For laughs there is a minor Farrelly brothers comedy, "Hall Pass," about a couple of married guys (Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis) granted a wild weekend to have sex outside their marriage. If you've ever wanted to know what "sharting" looks like on screen, this is your chance.

Future Razzie winner "Red Riding Hood" also arrives, and the DVD extras reportedly include a gag reel, though how you would distinguish that from the other reels is hard to say.

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