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Hall Pass (2011)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 170
Fresh: 58
Rotten: 112

Critics Consensus: Some filmgoers may be surprised by the Farrellys' defense of traditional domestic values in Hall Pass -- unfortunately, they'll probably also be dismayed by the absence of laughs.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: Some filmgoers may be surprised by the Farrellys' defense of traditional domestic values in Hall Pass -- unfortunately, they'll probably also be dismayed by the absence of laughs.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 57,325


Movie Info

Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis) are best friends who have a lot in common, including the fact that they have each been married for many years. But when the two men begin to show signs of restlessness at home, their wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) take a bold approach to revitalizing their marriages: granting them a "hall pass," one week of freedom to do whatever they questions asked. At first, it sounds like a dream come true for Rick and Fred. But it isn't long … More

R (for crude and sexual humor throughout, language, some graphic nudity and drug use)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jun 14, 2011
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hall Pass

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (112) | DVD (8)

The joke is supposed to be that it's sad to see these guys so desperate for a lay, but in truth, it's even sadder to see the brothers this desperate for a laugh.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Top Critic

Another chapter in the endless saga of American male infantilism.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

There's something about Hall Pass that feels grosser than the usual Farrelly brothers comedy.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Top Critic

The usual string of hackneyed and largely laugh-free set-ups involving vulgar chat-up lines, hash brownies and a mad, jealous guy with a crowbar, all seemingly purpose-honed to appeal to devotees of 'The Hangover'.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A gross-out comedy about the perpetual immaturity of the American male that has, amazingly enough, a mature perspective.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Peter and Bobby Farrelly are gross-out artists in transition.

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Hall Pass features a hilarious cast in a film that is consistently funny and very entertaining. The laughs rarely stop in this one.

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
We Got This Covered

The first truly terrible picture of 2011.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

The Farrelys have lost their comic fastball. And curveball. And changeup.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Movie Nation

A serviceable comedy outing with a number of surprisingly funny moments, along with a number of shocking but dumb-witted set-ups.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012

Have the Farrellys lost their touch? Once adept at crafting trashy, lowbrow gags way too funny to be ignored, they seem totally tin-eared with 'Hall Pass.'

Full Review… | February 9, 2012

Wilson and Sudeikis make an amusingly goofy pair.

Full Review… | June 19, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

...looks and sounds more like a raunchy, worn-out television sitcom than a Farrelly product.

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Movie Metropolis

If you are the world's biggest fan of movies that bake adultery, family, self-esteem, and your true life's purpose into a cake frosted with d**k jokes, this is your film.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011

Farrelly brothers still gross out, but come up short on laughs

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Movie Habit

There were some scenes early in the film where I couldn't catch every second joke because the audience was laughing so hard.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011

"Hall Pass," actually shot in Georgia, boasts the production values of public access TV. The masturbation / marijuana jokes aren't worthy of a Farrelly outtakes reel.

Full Review… | May 4, 2011

I laughed from beginning to end... a comedy classic.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011

Sound depressing? It is. For everyone.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Packaged around R-rated gags, some of them of the gross-out scatological variety, is a heart-felt commentary on monogamy.

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
Daily Film Fix

A lot of the comedy in the Farrellys' newest R-rated movie, 'Hall Pass,' is strictly visual shocks that, most of the time, will have you laughing after you gasp out loud.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

We're left with a week of two guys not even trying to make the most of their freedom, and though that alone doesn't make for enough of a movie, in Hall Pass, that's all you're going to get.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Fan The Fire

Tired-looking marital sitcom.

Full Review… | March 15, 2011
East Bay Express

The ultimate message is "there's no place like home," just like The Wizard of Oz -- but trust me, this one ain't for the kids.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
Sacramento News & Review

How many other comic auteurs today could follow fecal-splatter jokes with outbursts of naked emotion?

Full Review… | March 14, 2011

Audience Reviews for Hall Pass


Better than just being funny and making good use of that bawdy humor the Farrelly brothers are well known for, this is a delicious comedy that succeeds because of its characters, who earn our sympathy without any effort in a story that can even be touching and full of heart.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


The material of Hall Pass, dispite be funny, doesn't honor the actors and the directors.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


A lame, obvious, and not consistently funny enough take on a decent subject matter (going after someone else despite being married), concerning two jerks (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) who want desperately to see if they could get with another women, and how both of their wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) give them a week off from marriage to let them fulfill this dream. While the subject is definitely original enough to work as a foul-mouthed, hilarious comedy, the Farrelly brothers inexplicably aren't able to come up with anything that funny, with an obvious conclusion and "moral lesson" you can see coming a mile away. The performances are all pretty average, as you can tell everyone is just winging this thing and in it for the pay check. The Farrelly's have done so much better in the past with comedy ("Dumb and Dumber", "There's Something About Mary"), sadly they don't appear up to the task here.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

A slightly funnier than expected film. A mix of Old School meets American Pie. It has a fair share of funny moments but nothing really to make it stand out from most comedies and make a lasting impression.

Dean !

Super Reviewer

Hall Pass Quotes

I gotta go home and poo.
Why can't you just go here?
Ooh. Pretty sure I'm gonna need a bath after.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
Ed. Britney. Clones.
– Submitted by Jimmy G (2 years ago)
Remember how awesome we were on JV?
– Submitted by Paul M (2 years ago)
This morning you left the computer on!
I get my weather from that site...
– Submitted by Facebook U (3 years ago)
What the hell is wrong with you two? You are completely obsessed with sex!
– Submitted by James X (3 years ago)
Officer #2:
Yeah, that's when a woman goes south on a man but she doesn't use her mouth. So she uses her hands and makes noises.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)

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