Hall Pass (1/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 108 minutes.
Not for children.
This thing had more than three
strikes against it within the first five minutes.
Written & directed by the
Farrelly Brothers: Strike 1.
Owen Wilsonís four year old
son refers to his motherís ďfat ass.Ē Strike 2.
Joy Behar appears in the film:
If your game allows more than
three strikes, thereís more.
A man defecates in a golf sand
trap and we see him squatting with his read end naked and the fecal
material beneath him.
A husband masturbates in a car
because his wife is asleep.
The movie contains full
frontal male nudity and exacerbates a racial stereotype, so that might
count as two more strikes taken together.
The Farrellys cast a bunch of
guys as lifelong buddies who have nothing in common but a SAG card.
These guys would be misfits if paired with guys from a beer commercial.
The idea is that just because
the two guys, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikiss, look at women, their
wives are offended. Their old woman advisor, Behar, (sheís just as goofy
in the movie as she is in real life) suggests they give their husbands a
ďhall passĒ which is a defined as a pass from the fidelities of marriage
for a week, and let them do whatever they want.
If this film had just been
tasteless, it might have been relatively unremarkable, but it didnít
even reach that dubious pinnacle.
The Farrellys have long
confused raunch with comedy. Raunch is not funny. Itís boorish and
insults the audience, who is forced to sit and endure it.
Iím giving up on Owen Wilson.
Even though he goes from one bad movie to another, I keep hoping heíll
wise up and utilize his talent in something of quality. Alas, Iím going
to have to come to the realization that itís not to be. The guy just has
terminally poor judgment. So long, Owen. I wish I could say itís been
good to know ya.
This film had some potential
as it ends up with a relatively good moral. In the hands of writers and
directors with comedic talent and good taste, like Howard Hawks or Alan
Dwan, it could have been entertaining and rewarding. Since itís stuck
with the Farrellys, itís neither.