By Lane Roberts
Starring Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Richard Gere and Naomi Watts, among other top-tier Hollywood talent, Movie 43 is the outrageous and offensive new ensemble comedy from producers Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler, who brought us There’s Something About Mary and Dumb & Dumber.
But just how bad could a film starring some of Hollywood’s brightest and most talented stars, including many Academy Award winners, really be? The answer, apparently, is really, really bad.
I can only assume that Farrelly and Wessler had serious dirt on half of the film industry’s talent; that is the only reasonable explanation I can think of that accounts for the participation of so many of Tinseltown’s biggest and most respected names in this disastrous excuse for a film.
Movie 43 begins as wannabe director Charlie (Dennis Quaid) pitches his ideas for a sketch comedy film to a studio executive played by Greg Kinnear. His ideas unfold in a series of shorts, some directed by Farrelly and other members of production, and some by the actors themselves.
The first skit finds Winslet and Jackman playing good-looking Manhattanites who have been set up on a blind date. In this sketch, Jackman’s character has a pair of testicles hanging from his neck. One would hope that Farrelly, who directed this short, would give an audience of grown adults a better punch line than a crudely executed penis joke.
Unfortunately, Movie 43 only goes downhill from there. Other shorts feature Elizabeth Banks being peed on by a cartoon cat, Watts making out with her teenaged, homeschooled son, Berry making guacamole with her breasts and Anna Faris asking her boyfriend to perform a scatological sex act.
It seems as though Farrelly and Wessler really wanted to scandalize audiences with this film; however, instead of doing so with well-crafted jokes, they employ crude humor involving genitalia and menstruation, among other gags, to try to shock the viewer. The result is positively appalling.
We are not in middle school anymore. Thankfully, we have grown past giggling over embarrassing bodily functions but, unfortunately, it seems as though Farrelly and Wessler have not, to the great detriment of this awful film.
The tagline for Movie 43 threatens that “once you see it, you can’t unsee it,” so, please, save yourself the trouble and don’t bother seeing this horrendous movie in the first place.