Hall Pass

Theatrical Release: February 25, 2011
Hall Pass


A married man is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife. He is joined in the fun by his best pal and things get a little out of control when both wives start engaging in extramarital activities as well.

Dove Review

Whew! This one has a lot of double entendres in it. In fact, it’s safe to say this movie is pretty much about sex and nothing else. Two men coming up on age forty get permission to “live it up” for a week while their wives go on vacation together. Although only one character, one of the wives, actually commits physical adultery, there is a lot of adultery on the mind of the other characters. Owen Wilson plays Rick and Jason Sudeikis plays his friend Fred.

I would like to come up with a positive thing or two to say about this one, but just can’t. The open marriages and obsession with sex leaves this one as a plot-thin piece of cinema. We have characters who stare at women’s rears, implied oral sex and implied masturbation. It is hedonism gone wild. Not that sex is a bad thing, within marriage. But that’s just the point. The non-commitment of these arrangements in the character’s marriages goes against good moral principles. On top of that, a teen in the film has an adult buy liquor. That is a poor example by the filmmakers. At any rate, we can’t come close to awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this one.

Content Description

Sex: Lots of double entendres, comments about sex and guys stare at female bodies; adultery is committed by a character; implied masturbation and oral sex; sodomy in prison is implied.
Language: F-9; S-7; A-15; H-8; G/OMG-6; B-1; Bas*ard-1; Slang for sex-6; Slang for male genitalia-6; Slang for female genitalia-2; Slang for breasts-3
Violence: A man has a fantasy he commits two murders; a man is punched; a kid is trampled on and cries; a vehicle is hit and windows smashed; man bangs his head on seat.
Drugs: Underage character gets legal-drinking-age adult to buy liquor; a song about "Hits from a bong"; wine and beer and champagne are consumed; tequila shots; a character is high on marijuana brownies.
Nudity: Tons of cleavage and short shorts and skirts and shirtless men; bare midriffs.
Other: A lot of disrespectful attitudes and some gross jokes.


Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: Pete Jones & Peter Farrelly
Director: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter