The plot is loosely and crudely constructed, with an emphasis on 'crude.' The jokes consistently base themselves on shock value and poor taste, with sometimes funny results. This is an anthology film, and the segments all base themselves around this premise- wimpy schmuck Griffin (Greg Kinnear) listens as obsessed screenwriter Charlie (Dennis Quaid) pitches a script to him- a tasteless opus that Griffin quickly dismisses. Undeterred, Charlie holds Griffin at gunpoint and tries to force him to sell the script. The following shenanigans are the contents of this screenplay.
The only other really funny short in this collection is the grossly inappropriate iBabe. The others range from pretty mediocre to pretty bad. The one with Chloe Grace Moretz, a talented young actress, is just embarrassing and awkward as a teenage girl is humiliated by her inopportunely timed first period and the incompetence of her male audience. The one with Anna Faris was gross and pointless, and is only funny if you like poop jokes and third rate sitcom humor.
Some of the shorts were mesmerizing in their strange tastelessness, "Beezel," with it's homosexual cat jacking off to pictures of his owner in swimtrunks, is a startling example. I didn't find the short about the black basketball players particularly racist, but I didn't find it funny either.
"Movie 43" doesn't really utilize it's all-star cast, but you could do worse for a late-rainy-day distraction. If you get to watch it free, and want to laugh a few times and think 'hmm, that's strange,' then go for it. It's not the abomination people have made it out to be, but it's no classic comedy. Just remember to lighten up and think for yourself!
Good review Sarah. I'm sorry, but this is definitely one of the worst movies of the year. Then again, I'm starting to see it get a relative cult-following.ReplyDelete
This sounds like a movie I can pass on, but I'm glad that -- for you -- it wasn't a total miss. :)ReplyDelete
Glad that it wasn't a total time waster, Steph. I have no interest in seeing this from the first time I saw the trailer though, but the cast sure is amazing!ReplyDelete
This marks the first time (out of two) that Chloe Moretz has her first period on screen (second was in Carrie). Is it wired and creepy I know that? Anyway....moving on.ReplyDelete
Haven't seen the film, just the clip in question, but I have no intention of seeing it either.