As with 2007’s ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, ‘Hall Pass’ could be seen as another attempt by the Farrellys to inject some vague, sub-Woody Allen intellectual rigour into their work, attempting as it does a skewed take of the (reverse) psychology of married life. But frankly, they were cleverer when they were making films for five year olds like ‘Dumb & Dumber’ and ‘Kingpin’. The saving grace is a very amusing supporting role for Stephen Merchant as the obligatory nerdy member of this group of wannabe libertines. In fact, the most baffling thing here is that the Farrellys have chosen to keep their A-material for a hilarious post-credit sketch that posits what would happen if Merchant’s character had been given a hall pass. It’s so good, it makes you think they may have made the wrong movie.
|Release date:||Friday March 11 2011|
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|Director:||Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly|
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A comedy without a single laugh (though some females tittered at the site of black cock - but that's about it!) is clearly a failure. BUT it had a "ok on Fri night on bbc 1 after Norton" vibe about it ... so no out & out stinker. Though Sudeikis won't be troubling the bill boards too much in the future! 5/10
Without quite finding the formula of some of the Farrelly's earlier work which although dumb was genuinely funny, this film is not without charms, not least the highly pulchitrudinous Ms Whelan, Wilson peddles his usual schtick which is still holding up relatively well and the film rolls along amusingly although implausibly. Merchant however is a total scene stealer and who would have thunk it, gangly, awkward and really a little odd looking but he is hilarious, his economy of delivery and his timing stands out for all the right reasons.