Starring Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry
Dear Peter Farrelly: I just finished watching Movie 43, the movie in which you were partly responsible for as a director and wholly responsible for as the man who spearheaded the project. If this is where your head is at in terms of comedy right now, I beg you not to move ahead with the sequel to Dumb and Dumber. This only benefits you because you clearly have lost the comedy touch. Thank you.
Yes, Movie 43, the movie that states “Once you see it, you won’t be able to unsee it”. It’s also the same movie that somehow suckered a lot of known talent, not really known for doing comedy, by probably telling them that they’re really funny and doing this movie will show just how funny they are. Oh, it also states on one their posters that it’s the most outrageous comedy ever made. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s a lie. Also, if I could give a movie a zero rating, I would give it to Movie 43. But we don’t work that way, so I have to give it something. But it pains me to do so…it really really pains me.
The film is set up as a series of shorts that are only loosely tied together by a running segment featuring Dennis Quaid trying to pull of the Justin Bieber look as he pitches a movie idea to Greg Kinnear. His ideas are the short films. Now given that comedy itself is really subjective territory, it’s hard to pinpoint at times what a mass audience may find appealing. But I grew up watching a ton of comedies. It’s my favorite genre by far and most times I can find some sort of entertainment value, even in a movie starring Larry the Cable Guy (I went with that reference to avoid the ever popular Adam Sandler reference…that’s called mixing it up). But I couldn’t find anything remotely smile worthy with Movie 43.
Now let’s talk about the shorts within the film. They feature things such as Halle Berry sticking her boob in guacamole, to Hugh Jackman with testicles on his neck, to a painfully awkward segment where Chloe Grace Moretz gets her period. The thing with sight gags is you have to build the comedy in a way that showcases the gag, but doesn’t dwell on it. Peter Farrelly has actually had success with this concept in movies like There's Something About Mary, Kingpin and Dumb and Dumber. But here the focus all becomes about a big A- list star like Hugh Jackman having testicles on his neck and that’s it, that’s the joke. You know who laughs at those...10 year old boys, who can’t get in to see this movie anyway. Movie 43 is actually lazier than an Adam Sandler movie. And we all know how lazy those films have gotten over the years.
I feel bad for all the actors involved with this. Because it actually looks like they are trying to pull this movie off. James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Griffin Dunne, these are some of the other directors involved with this and man, they should’ve known better. But maybe they’re the ones who truly find an idea where you switch having sex for the first time with pooping on someone truly hilarious. And other segments, that had potential (like the superhero speed dating, or the segment about homeschooling) just end up feeling like an SNL skit that is one of the last segments of the night. Peter Farrelly should’ve been wiser and went after directors who truly understand comedy. That sort of brazen idea making might have made this movie what It set out to be…funny.
I’m going to leave the review at that. Movie 43 sucks. I would’ve used my big words to sum everything up, but Movie 43 didn’t, so I will just act accordingly.