February 25, 2011 |
For the first time in more than a decade, the Farrelly brothers could claim the No. 1 spot at the box office. "Hall Pass," the latest raunch-fest from the writer-director team Peter and Bobby Farrelly, probably will take in about $20 million when it opens this weekend, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The weekend's other new release, the 3-D action film "Drive Angry," starring Nicolas Cage, is expected to be a distant second with about $10 million.
February 24, 2011 |
It's been a long time since Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the onetime wunderkind kings of juvenile comedy, ruled the genre. "Dumb & Dumber," the doofus classic that defined a dorm-room generation, was released back in 1994, and the brothers' last bona fide hit, "Shallow Hal," opened nearly a decade ago. Now Peter, 54, and Bobby, 52, are attempting a comeback by exploring more, er, adult problems. This weekend they open "Hall Pass," their first R-rated comedy in 11 years, about two friends whose wives give them permission to cavort like single men for one week.
October 5, 2007 |
Like the 1972 Elaine May classic that inspired it, the Farrelly Brothers' remake of "The Heartbreak Kid" is the story of a guy who gets married, regrets it and falls in love with another woman while on his honeymoon. That, more or less, is where the similarities end.
April 20, 2007 |
Making people laugh is the specialty of the house where French writer-director Francis Veber is concerned, and he is awfully good at it. A complete master of cinematic farce, Veber's latest venture, "The Valet," makes creating deliciously funny comedy look a lot easier than it has any right to. Veber, who remains enormously popular in France though he now lives in Los Angeles, has had more than 30 films produced from his screenplays, including several that were remade in the U.S.
April 11, 2005 |
In an overall soft market saturated with comedies of one kind or another, "Sahara" led the charge into the nation's movie theaters over the weekend with an estimated $18.5 million at the box office. In something of a surprise, Peter and Bobby Farrelly's baseball-themed romantic comedy "Fever Pitch" opened at No. 3 with about $13 million, just behind the second-weekend tally of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City," which took in an estimated $14.
December 12, 2003 |
It's become tougher than ever to make people laugh without goring somebody's bull. Even the crown princes of incorrect waggery, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, seem on the defensive. In recent interviews the brothers have taken to insisting that they really, really have nothing but respect for the disabled people who appear in their movies.