Excerpt: It may be hard to believe but once upon a time it was considered shocking to show a toilet flushing with nothing in it. It required Alfred Hitchcock to come up with an actual reason why showing that was necessary and couldn't be cut. We've come a long way since then, to the point where the point of being shocking is its sole purpose. And that can work, the first few times.
Excerpt: The Farrelly Brothers have made a pretty good career out of making what are basically crass romantic comedies, movies that you can take a date to but as the macho man that you are, also laugh at thanks to the presence of boobs or farts or in the case of their latest films, sharts and a big black dick. They have a knack for combining the sweet and the stupid in a way that evidently clicks with some segment of the movie going populace, as their films keep making money.
Conclusion: Hall Pass is a severe misfire. I wish that the film would have been more about the guys actually getting out their in the field and hitting on women. It takes WAY TOO LONG for them to actually get started on it, and by then, I really didn’t care either way. Hall Pass does have great audio and video specs, but the special features are a travesty. Hall Pass is recommended as a rental (maybe) and for Farrelly Brother aficionados and purists only.
Excerpt: Yep, it’s a Farrelly Brothers movie. You can tell from the opening moments as the free-wheeling gags start flowing with no possible restraint. There’s something about these two that separate them from the current raunch trend established by Judd Apatow, somehow generating a style and timing all their own even in the face of such celebrated competition. It’s not just gross out humor, although Hall Pass has plenty of that.
Excerpt: Could it be that we've reached the saturation point for gross out male comedies? Have we, as a collective society, seen so many fat/penis/vagina/poop/vomit/testicle/anus/semen/nipple/urine/diarrhea/booger/pubic hair jokes that they have finally lost their power to shock or amuse us? Quite possibly, though Hall Pass is going to make every effort to squeeze one last bodily fluid gag into the fold, care of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Conclusion: I'll say the same thing about Hall Pass that I would about almost every Farrelly Brothers comedy: see it once and expect to laugh from time to time. Any movie that can go from an upsetting diarrhea splatter to a genuinely heartfelt moment in twenty minutes deserves something. What that something is, I don't know. But I've got the same ambivalent feelings for this movie as for the directors' last three.
Summary: Judging by The Hangover Part II 's current box office take ($340 million worldwide and counting), audiences love watching middle-aged men regress to adolescence. It remains a comedy staple and a go-to genre goldmine. But Hall Pass doesn't drop its bad boys in Vegas or strand them in Bangkok. It keeps its misadventures local and its gags low-key. Not that the results are any funnier for it. I know, I know... one man's dim-witted comedy is another man's laugh riot.
Excerpt: Hall Pass is about and for a certain type of woman, the type of woman who believes that the way she thinks about sex is the only correct way; the type of woman who thinks her husband should be forced to like sex in the same way she likes it; the type of woman who prefers to live in a bubble of rom-com ignorance, rather than embrace the differences between men and women as part of human nature.