Movie Review

Excrement gags, male genitalia jokes, and other raunchy slap stick fills the screen in the Farrelly brothers’ latest film, Hall Pass. Male mid-life crisis has never been so funny and gross.

Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play two domesticated husbands who get a reprieve from being monogamous in Hall Pass. Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate play the suburban housewives who, with the help of Joy Bahar, decide they are going to allow their men a week free from marital fidelity, assuming the guys can cash in.

The film is funny for about the first 50 minutes , but then, sadly, with the lack of character development and predictable gags, it goes flat. Hall Pass ends up having a juvenile view of human sexuality and so many other things in this movie.

The Farrelly Brothers have no one to blame but themselves for this. I will admit, I did laugh on occasion, but the penis jokes, the massage-parlor humor, the bowel movement jokes, I mean, really?

The Farrellys have a reputation as comedic directors with an emphasis on being lewd. They are the guys who brought us Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and of course There’s Something About Mary. Those were productions early in their career, jokes seemed to come naturally to the
brothers. But recent movies like The Heartbreak Kid and now Hall Pass show that the Farrellys are trying too hard. Hall Pass is a film about men having a mid-life crisis, it seems to me that the Farrellys are facing their own kind of mid-life crisis as well.

The flick-o-meter gives Hall Pass a two out of five. I would have given it a higher rating if they had taken out the poop and penis gags.

So now you know before you go.

Brett Martin

Brett Martin

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