Down 197 this week

Hall Pass (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  25 February 2011 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 99,162 users   Metascore: 45/100
Reviews: 140 user | 234 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

Rick and Fred, two husbands who are having difficulty in their marriages, are given a Hall Pass by their wives: for one week, they can do whatever they want.


(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Change-Up (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dave is a married man with three kids and a loving wife, and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain, lightning strikes and they switch bodies.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Owen Wilson, Josh Peck, Alex Frost
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A best man (Wilson) stays on as a houseguest with the newlyweds, much to the couple's annoyance.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.

Director: Peter Billingsley
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
The Break-Up (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple's break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment.

Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau
Bad Teacher (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job and her students is forced to return to her job to make enough money for a boob job after her rich fiancé dumps her.

Director: Jake Kasdan
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Family-patriarch Jack Byrnes wants to appoint a successor. Does his son-in-law, the male nurse Greg Focker have what it takes?

Director: Paul Weitz
Stars: Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro
The Watch I (2012)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

Director: Akiva Schaffer
Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Gio Perez
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater.

Director: Nicholas Stoller
Stars: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss


Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma (as Christa Campbell)


A couple of married guys are always looking at other women. Their wives are fed up with their behavior, and grant them a 'hall pass': a week off their marriage allowing them to do anything. But the guys take their time and their week is almost up. What they don't realize is that at the same time their wives make connections of their own. Written by rcso411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One week. No rules. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual humor throughout, language, some graphic nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

25 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pase libre  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,535,374 (USA) (25 February 2011)


$45,045,037 (USA) (6 May 2011)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Amanda Bynes was cast as Paige, but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Alexandra Daddario. See more »


When Rick pulls up to the beach house, the driver's side of the van isn't vandalized. In the next scene, outside with Fred and Grace, it is vandalized again. See more »


Coakley: Push the defrost button on the microwave, boys. The deep freeze is over!
See more »

Crazy Credits

There is a blooper scene after the credits: Stephen Merchant (Gary) films the burying scene, and the "corpse" sits up and scares him. See more »


Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.5 (2011) See more »


Zero 2 Hero
Written by John Roome
Performed by Witchman
Courtesy of InnAsylum Productions
By Arrangement with Zync Music Group, LLC
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A little bit of raunch and a lot of heart...
16 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was written and directed by The Farrelly Brothers. They've done There's Something About Mary, Kingpin and Dumb & Dumber. They've actually tamed down over the past few years and started doing some movies with heart (Shallow Hal, Fever Pitch). This one is actually a cross between Mary and Hal. It's raunchy in some places but for the most part, it's got a lot of heart.

Rick (Wilson) is given a week off from marriage by his wife, Maggie (Fischer). Fred (Sudeikis) is also given a week off from marriage from his wife, Grace (Applegate). Of course, this would never happen in real life... no self-respecting woman would ever do this to herself. Since this is the movies, Maggie and Grace's reasoning behind this is... let the dogs off the leash and they'll no longer want to have affairs. It's actually pretty funny on how they both earned their hall passes in the first place. I won't say anything, you can just watch it.

The movie starts out just fine, kind of lags in the middle (Day 1 through 4 of said titular hall pass) and then picks up again near the end. Speaking of the ending, it gets a little madcap and over-the-top for my taste, I felt like I was watching an episode of Benny Hill. All they needed was the music and it would have been like a 2011 update. I felt like there was a lot more territory to explore in this premise and yes, I get that men over 40 tire out sooner, that their lives have slowed down... but still. i just felt like something was missing.

The main reason to watch Hall Pass is the comic performances by Wilson and Sudeikis and the hilarious exchange of dialog between them and their friends (Merchant, Campbell, Smoove) and some pretty funny bits about them trying to 'play out of their league'. Practically anybody could have played the wives, because Applegate and Fischer bring absolutely nothing to the party but a familiar face and name. More reviews at www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: B-

13 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Movie was funny but the cheating was uncomfortable. Metaliron
WHY did they do that to Jenna?? Soxhasthemondays-609-897331
Dwight Evans (Jenna's Dad) PinellasBeachPro
Song Question Evil_Dead_II
How big a part did "Paige" have? Al_and_Smithy
Song name at pool hall/bar jake85-1
Discuss Hall Pass (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page