Going in to Movie 43, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew the gist of it: Multiple directors compiling their own short film for a larger picture. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. Was there going to be any connectivity? How would they pull it off? Surely with this many directors and actors and actresses, things would get a little messy.
After viewing Movie 43, I can only assume that these shorts were made by 14 year-olds. While it is quite funny to see top-tier actors play roles with testicles on their neck and boobs in guacamole, there really isn’t any heart to it.
The structure of Movie 43 is a scruffy and slightly Bieber-looking Dennis Quaid presenting a list of psychotic movie ideas to a top movie executive Greg Kinnear. Each pitch is dirtier, more inappropriate, and more offensive than the last.
The movie pitches are quite demented: A woman’s (Kate Winslet) blind date turns awkward in a hurry when her very handsome and wealthy date (Hugh Jackman) turns out to have a pair of testicles on his chin; Two parents ridicule, tempt and torment their home-schooled high school son; On screen (and real life) couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris try to express their love for each other one “dump” at a time and a lowly store clerk (Kieran Culkin) tries to rekindle a kinky relationship with his ex (Emma Stone) while the PA mic is still turned on.
I could go on, but that’s less fun. Movie 43 is chock-full of known actors and actresses bringing on both funny and slightly disturbing performances. Just to name a few more involved: Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Richard Gere, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Halle Berry, Stephen Merchant, Jeff Duhamel, Elizabeth Banks, and much more than I really want to name.
Let me catch my breath for a second.
You get the point. This movie is loaded with talent. But there is also some comedic talent on the other side of the camera. Directors ranging from Steve Carr, Brett Ratner (I retract the “talent” statement here), James Gunn, Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Forsberg, and more executively led by ½ of the Farrelly Brothers: Peter Farrelly.
There are some things that work with M43. It is definitely raunchy. Anyone looking for a more vulgar film out there right now will not find one. They try to stretch the limits of offensive material. Some of it works out well. I found myself laughing at shit that most people shouldn’t laugh at.
Not everything is funny, though. Some of it feels like a horny teenage boy wrote it. I mean, iBabe? Really? A life-sized naked woman music player is getting a little ridiculous. And the final skit of the movie involving Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, and an animated cat was damn near cringe-worthy bad.
Movie 43 is seemingly fresh at points, but gets really lost with exhausted jokes about masturbation and topics alike. The movie wasn’t very interconnected that much (not that it was intended to be), but it certainly does its job at being offensive. Leaving no racial, masturbatory, dick, poop, boob, period, bush, gay, or teenage joke out, Movie 43 is to go to if you aren’t looking for anything else beyond some fairly funny tasteless/offensive humor. If that’s what you like, give it a shot.
Movie 43 – 6/10