Owen Wilson Headlines New Farrelly Bros Sex Comedy

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
By Rick Duran
Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Owen Wilson will headline a new comedy directed by The Farrelly Brothers titled Hall Pass. Wilson will play a husband whose wife gives him a free pass to have extramarital affairs in order to spice up their troubled marriage. Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis will play Wilson’s best friend, who also has a free pass.

The Farrellys are rewriting the script and production will begin February 23rd in Atlanta.

The project could be a comeback for Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who had a string of bombs during the past decade, including Ben Stiller’s misguided The Heartbreak Kid. The Farrellys are putting their long-developing Three Stooges film on hold (which they say Sean Penn has rejoined) to film Hall Pass.

Owen Wilson will be seen reteaming with Ben Stiller this July for Little Fockers, in addition to this December’s untitled James L. Brooks comedy co-starring Reese Witherspoon and newly-welcomed Frat Pack member Paul Rudd.

8 Responses to “Owen Wilson Headlines New Farrelly Bros Sex Comedy”

  1. Kevin Crossman

    Jason Sudeikis seems like a nice enough guy… but as we have seen Owen is better paired with someone crazy. And Sudeikis seems so… bland.

    Wonder if Woody or Ben would be up for a cameo. Both have top-lined Farrelly Bros movies in the past.

  2. Rick Duran

    While Sudeikis wouldn’t be my 1st choice to co-star (I think Owen would pair better with Bill Hader), I can see him fitting in. He’s got this raspy cackle and does “smug” really well.

    Btw: if this movie comes out in late 2010, Owen Wilson seems to have the strongest potential year more than anyone else.

  3. Mario

    This could be good, but I’m sensing there’s a fatigue with the whole irresponsible man-child thing in general (I mean, why doesn’t the wife get a hall pass, what’s up with that?), and with Owen playing them in particular.

    Unless the script is stellar and they really come up with fresh comedy based on characters and situation, the way Hangover did, this could be another Dupree for Owen.

    Given Owen’s reputation as someone who likes to get around more than is deemed appropriate for a guy his age, I don’t know how well this will go over with general audiences, and women in particular. I mean…is anyone else thinking the premise is a bit, I dunno, sleazy?

    It wouldn’t be so bad if the main character was an Ed Helms or even this Jason Sudeikis guy, because you don’t think “womanizer” when you see them. That’s funny. A boring geek trying to get laid as much as possible for a limited period of time. You’d buy that a wife would give a guy like that a hall pass… But to Owen? Seriously? He’s just too much of a manwhore in people’s minds, isn’t he?

  4. Bonnie

    Mario, ITA with your post.

    As for your question about the women, according to Variety’s article here http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118013363.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&ref=bd_film the women do get the same “pass”.

    I’m trying to stay positive here and I like Rick’s thought that 2010 sounds like a serious year for Owen getting back into the swing of things with his career.


  5. John Avs

    YES!!! This movie seems like it will be a lot of fun. Owen is back bitches!

  6. Mario

    Well, I don’t want to say sleazy, cause that’s not the right word, but…a little irresponsible maybe? I mean, he’s not THAT young…

    I’m trying to stay positive, but I don’t understand why Owen would put himself in a position to carry a movie again, which he hasn’t done since Dupree (and we all know how that turned out), and a Farrelly Bros flick at that, off the back of The Heartbreak Kid, which was a pretty epic failure at the box office for Ben. Hall Pass seems to be in the same vein as THK (not gross-out, just raunchy).

    The Farrelly Bros haven’t had a real smash hit since…forever, and I don’t see how this is going to change that tune. Owen needs a big, top-billing name next to him, someone who could give this movie some edge. Someone people can get excited about if they can’t get excited about Owen. If not the other guy (Jason), then his wife: Jennifer Aniston, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks, Cameron Diaz, or at least someone who’s not as big of a household name but funny, like Perrey Reeves or Kristen Wiig. This movie needs a strong female co-star.

  7. Mario

    Wait, “newly-welcomed Frat Pack member Paul Rudd”? When did that happen? I thought his Man of the Year thing was like the Judd Apatow situation. I didn’t know he was officially “in”.

  8. [...] we told you last week, Hall Pass involves a wife (Fischer) who agrees to allow her husband to have an extramarital affair [...]


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