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‘Movie 43’ Review: Provocative, Offensive, Plain Stupid

Yes, “Movie 43” is funny, weird and majorly offensive all at the same time, the problem is the funny doesn’t continue in the last hour and twenty minutes; the movie is a painful hour and a half long.

“Movie 43” is one of those films that starts off as a 4/5, with the first story being incredibly funny, and ends on a 0/5, with the last story completely revolting. Ugh, I get the heeby-geebies just thinking about it!

The title doesn’t mean anything in particular and “Movie 43” took about four years in the making, as the A-list actors became available. With over 12 directors and countless actors, the idea came from director Peter Farrelly, who’s famous for classic comedies like “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” The film consists of almost a dozen segments, each with their own famous A-lister attached. How the film received an ‘R’ rating over an ‘NC-17’ rating is beyond me.

The film begins in an office at a motion picture studio company and we see Charlie (Dennis Quaid) pitching his movie to Griffin (Greg Kinnear). As Charlie is explaining his screenplay, we cut to his first story about two people (Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet) meeting for the first time on a blind date. This first segment titled, “The Catch” is shocking and hilarious. I dare you not to chuckle, even if it’s just out of the plain stupidity of the situation.

The rest of the segments are all connected to the Dennis Quaid storyline, “The Pitch” as his character Charlie explains to Griffin his collection of absurd stories that make up his movie. Why doesn’t Griffin just laugh in his face and throw him out? You’ll see why, if you choose to watch it.

Other segments include “Veronica” where a store clerk (Keiran Culkin) tries to provocatively get back together with his ex-girlfriend (Emma Stone); the most boring one titled “Super Hero Speed Dating,” where Robin (Justin Long) goes on dates where he meets Lois Lane (Uma Thurman) and Supergirl (Kristen Bell), while Batman (Jason Sudeikis) taunts him; the stupidest one titled “iBabe,” where an idiotic CEO (Richard Gere) is clueless why the company’s newest invention, a naked female music-playing figurine is causing lawsuits; and we can’t forget the most disturbing segment titled, “Homeschooled” where two parents (Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts) home-school their son, but still expect him to get the full high school experience, which includes pranking and sexually assaulting him.

The last segment, titled “Beezel” is about a guy (Josh Duhamel) and his beloved pet cat, who is creepily attached to him and won’t welcome the new girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks). I hope this segment is the worst thing I will see in theatres all year. It’s so disgusting, offensive and violent I was surprised, even in this film, that it was kept in. It affects the entire movie experience for the worse. It hints at bestiality, which will certainly be a reason for people not to go see this movie at all. Maybe Relativity Media will cut that last scene for the Blu-ray release, maybe.

With that being said, the last segment left the poorest taste in my mouth that it dropped my overall rating. Skip “Movie 43,” which is certainly one of the worst movies ever made with the greatest collection of talent. It will definitely go down in cinematic history, just not the way its crew and stars maybe intended it to.

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