Movie Review – Hall Pass (2011)

Movie Review - Hall Pass (2011)Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Cast: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Stephen Merchant

A married man is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife. Joined in the fun by his best pal, things get a little out of control when both wives start engaging in extramarital activities as well.

To be perfectly honest, I did not expect much from Hall Pass, but it surprised me a little. I guess that I should have expected a few gross-out moments given that this was directed by the Farrelly brothers, and they delivered on that. I will have to admit that I was a sucker for the few gross-out moments. A few of them were laugh-out-loud funny to me. For me, the price of admission was repaid in full in one scene when Owen Wilson was pulled out of a hot tub after falling asleep. It was so wrong, but so funny.

The story’s central premise is would you, or could you, cheat if given explicit permission for a limited period? Okay, so I realize that the story is not exactly groundbreaking, but given what they had to work with, it was not half bad. I doubt that I will watch it too many more times in my life, but I do not regret having watched it.

Another plus in the movie was Leigh, played by bombshell Nicky Whelan. While I had never seen her in anything before, she is amazingly beautiful and played a great role as a sexy, friendly barista. Another woman who is still as beautiful as ever is Christina Applegate. I actually really enjoy watching her act as she has a nice balance of humor and emotion in almost every role that she plays.

Part of the problem of the film was the duo of Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. After seeing previously Farrelly brother pairings like in previous efforts Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and Stuck on You, you would expect something a little more from the lead actors, but they stumble through their lines without much emotion and humor. The true humorous parts of the movie were normally with the supporting actors.

Overall, most of the jokes were misses, but it could have ended up a lot worse. Towards the end of the film, as the story unfolded, the film did become convoluded and almost annoying, but did not completely detract from everything done up to that point.

Let me know your thoughts on the film if you have seen it.