The horrid void of subpar comedy movies doesn’t get much worse than the duelling efforts of Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. Stars of some of the most notoriously boring movies of the genre, the duo of Wilson and Sudeikis doesn’t sound like a match. Hall Pass proves that theory correct, with the offbeat duo struggling under the most minimal of pressure.
But that’s to be expected from a comedy movie of this low caliber. From the duo that brought you The Three Stooges comes this, one of many examples of how the golden years of the Hollywood comedy came to a close. Hall Pass isn’t so much the nail in the coffin of the genre, it is in fact the coffin itself.
It’s no surprise then that the Farrelly brothers are responsible for this mess. Considering their one hit wonder status in the field of comedy, their failures as directors here shines through in putrid light. Ever since Dumb and Dumber, the Farrelly pair have tried and failed to recapture the highs they had caught in that matter of dumb luck and dumber jokes. But lightning rarely ever strikes twice, and banking on the chemistry of a duo isn’t always the best way to branch out a comedy movie.
Take Wilson and Sudeikis for instance. The two have rarely any chemistry whatsoever beyond the occasional sight gag or idle conversation that innately pushes the movie along. It’s hard to talk about what is so wrong with their performances when you simply can’t remember them whatsoever. SO truly forgettable that they seem to have instantly left my mind in the politest fashion possible. A purely blank slate that will undoubtably mean the performances have nothing of note to them.
What saves Hall Pass from being the worst of all is beyond me, there’s something about it overall that saves it ever so slightly from being the worst of the worst. Maybe it’s the rare casting of Jenna Fischer, or the inclusion of Stephen Merchant. Whatever the case, it somewhat saves Hall Pass from the lowest dregs of all of comedy.