Movie Review: Hall Pass

by Eric Melin on February 25, 2011

in Video Reviews

Here’s my review of the new Farrelly brothers comedy “Hall Pass” from KTKA-49.

The Farrelly Brothers are not known for their subtlety. They made their name directing raunchy gross-out comedies like “Kingpin,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber,” but lately the directing team has hit a rough patch with disappointing movies like “The Heartbreak Kid” and the tepid adaptation “Fever Pitch.”

“Hall Pass,” starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, is not quite a return to their former glory, but it has a couple of big shocking laughs and a pair of very likeable lead actors.

Because married life has been pretty stale recently, Wilson and Sudeikis are given a hall pass—a week off from marriage—by their wives. What this movie does have in common with the best Farrelly brother comedies is that it has—despite its shock humor and lowest-common-denominator jokes—a surprisingly good heart.

Wilson is his usual earnest self and, despite all the dumb things Sudeikis’ character does, you still root for the guy. The script isn’t always funny—a gag with a hipster DJ at the end is really lame—but “Hall Pass” has just enough charm to get it through the rough patches.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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