The Farrelly Brothers like to spice up their comedies with risque scenarios and shocking imagery, but I wish they'd spice up their comedies with some comedy. Because while there are a few great laughs in Hall Pass, a lot of time is spent on making the characters sympathetic and redeemable, and while that's normally a good thing, it's not the case when it means half of your funny movie isn't particularly funny. While I love a happy ending as much as the next guy, this movie had the potential to depict a total disaster, and a safe wrap-up leaves me wondering why I bothered watching it in the first place.
Talk about your perfect match. The Farrelly Brothers, masters of slapstick and gross-out (mostly gross-out) humor, have written an origin story for the Three Stooges, stars of film shorts and features from the 1930s through the 1960s. Everyone knows the personas of bowl-cut boss Moe, curly-haired commentator Larry and cue-balled imbecile Curly (heck, they may even know the personas of later Stooges Shemp, Joe and Curly Joe), but nobody knows where the heck they came from. Well, if MGM gets the rights back from Warner Bros., they could have a movie on screens by November 20, 2009. Let us give thanks!
When we heard that the Farrelly Brothers (Kingpin, Dumb and Dumber) were going to be making a new Three Stooges movie, and that they were referring to it as "Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest," we didn't have high hopes. We figured they'd cast a few small-time comedy actors, it would be a creative failure that couldn't possibly live up to the originals, and everyone involved would try to forget it ever happened.