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Hall Pass [DVD] [2011]


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  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, Richard Jenkins, Stephen Merchant
  • Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Italian, French
  • Dubbed: Italian, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MYF6Z4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anyone familiar with the work of writer-directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly, especially There's Something About Mary, will be neither surprised nor shocked by the raunchy, gross-out gags that permeate Hall Pass. But what Farrelly fans might not expect is what comes at the other end of the spectrum--namely, a tender, even sentimental point of view in which marriage is sanctified and even a couple of delusional doofuses end up on the right side of righteousness. Buddies Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) have attractive, loving wives (Maggie and Grace, played by Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate, respectively) and, in Rick's case, a couple of cute kids. But boys will be boys, and after catching their husbands eyeing other women's butts, making rude remarks in front of friends, and so on, the ladies decide to offer them "hall passes"--an entire week during which they can pretend they're not married and do whatever they want, no questions asked, while the wives head for Cape Cod. Rick, for one, is nonplussed; here is a decent guy who refuses to buy beer for his underage babysitter (not to mention resisting her flirtatious come-ons) and generally tries to do the right thing, and he suspects there's more than meets the ear to Maggie's offer (Fred, on the other hand, expects to spend the week scoring young hotties with lines like "You must be from Ireland, 'cos when I look at you my penis is Dublin"). But while Maggie and Grace find themselves courted by some studly minor-league baseball dudes, Rick and Fred mostly just strike out. Their shenanigans are accompanied by a parade of typically sophomoric Farrelly gags: penis jokes (and a couple of real penises), masturbation jokes, scatological jokes, "I'm so stoned" marijuana jokes, and sexual terms (like "eye banging" and "fake chow") that can't be explained on a family website. Some of this is funny, most merely dumb; some viewers will think the humor goes too far, others not far enough. But the overriding impression is that a decade or more past their biggest hits, the Farrellys, who are now in their 50s, have grown up--at least a little. --Sam Graham

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Kearney on 14 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant film with laugh out loud moments at every turn, stellar performances from all those involved, and a well written script with a lot of witty jokes and darkly funny moments.

The general premise of the film is that Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, both obsessed with the opposite sex and how life could have been if they weren't tied down with marriage, are granted "hall passes" (a week off marriage) by their wives - who hope that the men will see that life really isn't any greener on the other side. Much hilarity ensues when the two completely normal, middle aged men attempt to inject some spice into their lives on their week off. An equally interesting twist is the enjoyment that the wives appear to gain from the week off themselves.

This is a comedy with some well thought out and clever jokes & funny situations. The performances of Wilson and Sudeikis are brilliant - wholly believable and hilarious. As are the performances of the supporting actresses and all of the cameo appearances also (Stephen Merchant et al)

This is a brilliant comedy; it will have you laughing out loud several times and you'll want to watch it again and again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bizmandan on 17 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray
It's been a tough few years for the Farrelly brothers. After arriving on the scene brash and bold with the likes of Dumb And Dumber, and then cementing themselves as the reigning kings of the disgusto-com-meets-sweet-sentiment genre with There's Something About Mary, they'd found their thrones and were unchallenged by other filmmakers. But in recent years those crowns have been slipping. Follow-ups such as Me, Myself & Irene, and Shallow Hal we're ok but didn't really live up to the comedy gold that they were producing in their earlier career.

Now, a few years later, they're back in the comfort zone of goofball man-children and the women they lust after. The concept is a straightforward one and at first this movie seems like it is going to be like a straight to DVD American Pie type film, but it soon turns out that we are going to get treated to some old school Farrelly-style.

It's reliably safe territory for the writer/directors, who make sure to keep both of their leads believable and, to a decent degree, likable as they encounter an assortment of busty babes. And while the friends do get wrapped up in some farcical goings-on, they seem normal compared to their crazier acquaintances including a scene-stealing Stephen Merchant who actually offers most of the big laughs in the film. It's good to see Merchant in a role that has more than one line, and even though he is in a supporting role I can safely say that this film would have easily gone down a few notches on the likability metre if he wasn't in it.

Jenna Fischer is also worth a mention, who, with her mellow vibes, which I can't get enough of, really grounds the film, stops it getting to wacky and going too far into that vulgar and obvious American humour that really turn me off most US comedy films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mattknight on 8 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
Personally i thought this was hilarious! Very good idea!

Owen Wilson & Jason Sudeikis worked very well with each other, played the part realistically and humorously! Some awkward moments that make you cringe like in most comedies!
The idea itself was new and very entertaining!

Finally, i've never really seen Stephen Merchant in many things but i thought he was beyond hilarious in this! Especially a short extra part at the end of movie!! So keep an eye out!!

Thoroughly enjoyed, definite watch :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
In Hall Pass Owen Wilson stars as a married man who after being caught many times checking out other women and discussing with his friends how he would act given the chance, he is granted one week to live a bachelor's life, but runs into a moral snag when his wife (Jenna Fischer) heads out on her own single-life fantasy while off on vacation.

I must admit that before seeing this I had very low expectations as it sounded pretty ridiculous and shallow but as I was watching it I found myself laughing out loud every couple of minutes. The story was actually pretty decent and there was a moral of the story at the end which, although was a little predictable, put a smile on my face. It is very funny with some really cringe-worthy moments (especially the cheesy chat up lines). The characters were great and the acting was spot-on. I loved the usage of the Law & Order "clunk" for each day too - an excellent touch! This isn't the funniest film of the year but is certainly one that I would recommend to watch. [3.5 out of 5]
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By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
Rick (Owen Wilson - Wedding Crashers) & Fred (Jason Sudeikis - Going The Distance) are two best-friends who are just middle-aged guys frustrated with the throes of marriage. Their wives (Christina Applegate & Jenna Fischer) are also best friends who are equally frustrated with their husbands constantly ogling other women and degrading women in general during their guy-chat. Seeing no easy-solution to the problem, the girls decided to give the guys a "Hall-Pass" - a free week off from marriage to indulge all of these macho-bravado fantasies. Whilst the girls did it for the guys; they find out that they may have missed the single life just as much as their husbands & grab the opportunity themselves.

Not believing their luck, the guys are initially unsure what to do and find out that the way they remember their youth & ability to chat women up maybe grossly over-exaggerated, but as they find their 'mojo' once again, will either of them actually go through with it? Or do they love their wives enough to abstain, despite the free pass?

Hall Pass is a conservative film posing as a no-holds-barred-frat-boy movie. Whilst the concept is outlandish, the execution is just so limp-wristed it's unfunny, Wilson and Sudeikis play their parts adequately enough but both fall far short of being animals unleashed. Wilson is apathetic for the entire film, despite the advances of the very alluring Nicky Whelan. Sudeikis plays the brainless cohort egging Wilson on whilst Fischer (good to see her out of The Office) serves up a middle of the road performance as a neurotic wife.
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