I know it looked stupid, okay? It looked painfully crude, contrived, and over-the-top. It looked a lot like one of those movies where the only funny scenes are in the trailer, and the remaining hour and fifteen minutes are so awful you can't believe you blew a rare date night watching it. And yet I had hopes. I was really and truly hoping Movie 43 would be a hilariously inappropriate star-studded extravaganza. But the reviews are bad, you guys. Really, REALLY bad.
Despite the fact that this film stars Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Seann William Scott, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Johnny Knoxville, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Liev Schreiber, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Patrick Warburton, Josh Duhamel, Jason Sudeikis, Kieran Culkin, and Chris Pratt, AMONG OTHERS, the funniest thing about Movie 43 might just be the critical response. Because wow, there are some zingers out there.
If you haven't heard about Movie 43, the official synopsis is that it's "the outrageous new ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Movie 43 is not for the easily-offended and contains jaw-dropping, sometimes shockingly disturbing, but always entertaining intertwined storylines you'll have to see to believe." It's rated R for "strong pervasive crude and sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, language, some violence and drug use," and yeah, they're not really kidding around with that rating.
Here's the red-band (IE, not for kids or workplaces) trailer:
Movie 43 was produced by Peter Farrelly (who directed Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary along with his brother), and boasts a dozen directors, including Farrelly, Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), and actress Elizabeth Banks. Also, it stars, you know, EVERYONE IN HOLLYWOOD.
Now, you might have gleaned from the trailer that this isn't even remotely up your alley, and who could blame you? I personally thought it looked like it had potential -- you'd have to get up pretty early in the morning and start making a LOT of crass, politically incorrect jokes to truly offend my lowbrow sense of humor -- but now that I've seen the reviews … well, take a look at some of these:
The best advice we can give you is to stop reading this, go find something else to watch, and pretend Movie 43 never happened. -- Sky Movies
Squandering a gold-star cast and as tasteless as a foam dog poo, Movie 43 deserves not one of your hard-earned pennies. - Total Film
Well, they didn't name it after the number of big laughs in it. -- Movie Nation
By the end, the movie has exhausted so many avenues of inappropriate humor that when a mid-credits segment kicks in for one last go, it’s mostly just beating (then urinating on) a dead horse. -- Screen Rant
There is little doubt that the star-studded Movie 43 will be regarded as one of the year’s worst films if not one of the worst films of all time. -- Examiner.com
This is one of the raunchiest, sickeningly gross movies I've ever seen. It's barely funny and the gags are so over-the-top nauseating as to elicit none but uncomfortable chuckles from the audience. Parts are so nasty they'll ruin your dinner if the movie's part of a combo outing. While it's unique, so is most any snuff film. The only difference is the latter one usually has only one victim, as opposed to a theater filled with them. -- a rather passionate Fandango.com review
If your idea of a gut-busting good time at the multiplex is to see Hugh Jackman clown around with a pair of testicles on his neck, accidentally dipping them in butter and slapping them on the head of a baby, then Movie 43 is pure gold. -- Blu-Ray.com
Okay, I can't lie, that last one has me intrigued all over again -- I mean, that DOES sort of sound like a good time -- but overall, yikes. I don't suppose it's any great surprise that a movie this deliberately obnoxious won't end up being the critics' darling of 2013, but it's disappointing nonetheless.
Still, I'll probably rent it when it comes out on DVD. I've always been one of those people who can't resist taking a big whiff when someone tells me how terrible something smells.
What's your gut feeling on Movie 43? Are you planning on seeing it?
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