4 Reviews

Hall Pass

The Farrelly Brothers hit maturity - in the face

The Farrelly Brothers have made a name for themselves as purveyors of toilet humour, stylists of the amused wince, the guilty snigger. It's a bit of a surprise, then, to discover that Hall Pass isn't the stand-up equivalent of an overflowing sewer, but "an amiable giggle that both sexes will find horribly recognisable". Losing your touch, chaps.

The plot sees Owen Wilson, Brit out of water Stephen Merchant and Jason Sudeikis taking a week off from their wives to get lingering bachelor tendencies out of their system. The wives in question, Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer, are "cut-out nags and slags", but the gents save it, with Wilson in particular "as good as he's ever been (his dad-dancing and inept pulling techniques are sweetly funny rather than boorish)".


Expect "stoner golf sequences", "food comas" and, needless to say, an R-rating-friendly degree of "meaningless sex". Three stars, booms Total Film, like a snooping parent sizing up an adolescent's porn collection. Sounds like it's fun enough if you keep your brain in second gear.

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The verdict

It's no There's Something About Mary.