Hall Pass **

Running time: 105 mins  Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Rick (Wilson) and Fred (Sudeikis) are granted a week’s hall pass from marriage by their wives. With the pass they set out to live out their sexual dreams.But will their marriages arrange this strange arrangement?

 

After delivering comedic gold with the movies Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin and There’s Something About Mary, the Farrelly Brothers were looking like the new Zucker brothers. Then came the misfires of Me, Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal and The Heartbreak Kid. Films which had a few good ideas, but outstayed their welcome. 

Unfortunately the Farrelly Brothers return to the big screen is just more of the same half baked ideas. The actual premise initially sounded quite promising and original. The problem is not really the idea, but more the actual script which seems to loose interest in the supporting characters which are almost forgotten about. Especially the wife characters feel very underdeveloped, when they should be essential to the plot.

The other problem is that the lead characters are not sympathetic or likeable enough. Jason Sudeikis is mildly amusing, while Owen Wilson is just plain annoying with his one tone delivery of the dialogue. Even Stephen Merchant role is treated as a mere cameo with no real purpose to the story.

With any Farrelly movie comes the gross out humour, which on the whole is quite funny. But there are not enough jokes adequate enough to stretch to the films over welcome running time. 

Sadly this was not the return to form, that audiences were all hoping for. Hopefully with the Farrelly’s version of The Three Stooges they can return to their former glories.

 

Reviewed by Paul Logan

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