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Movie 43

16 Jun

movie 43



Directors: Bob Odenkirk, Elizabeth Banks, 11 more credits

Writers: Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko, 28 more credits

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Emma Stone, Richard Gere

Motion Picture Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes


Actors are a notoriously fickle group. Many seek approval if not adoration from their audience and once obtained can too readily lose their grasp of reality. Even if they start out with ego nicely in check the approval, adoration and applause goes to the head and causes them to forget who they are, what they do and where they started from. It is why some turn to alternative therapies and cults, others decide that they can save the planet and / or third world orphans and it is why Russell Crowe thought that he could sing in Les Miserables. It’s hubris. It’s being surrounded by an entourage. It’s the blinkered view of the world that delivers vanity projects such as Movie 43.

This so bad it hurts film is advertised as having ‘the biggest cast ever assembled’. Along with that highly debatable claim the film-makers describe the ensuing carnage as epic, jaw-dropping and side-splitting. Wild claims indeed. There are various stars assembled as per writers and directors, but the movie that they deliver is a huge failure and a classic vanity project. This one contains 8 or 9 unconnected episodes that run for about 10 minutes each. Within them the likes of Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry and Gerard Butler embarrass themselves.

I don’t know the origins of this trash, but the various episodes seem like outtakes from other films, inside Hollywood anecdotes or bad bar jokes. There is very little here that is original and most of the episodes are childish, low brow and insulting. I laughed once or twice in the home schooling segment featuring Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, but that was about it. Episodes with makeshift tampons, mangled dicks and violent leprechauns did make my jaw drop, but not in a good way. The only reason why such big name stars got involved has to be hubris and vanity – the type that convinces them that they too can get down with the kids and make a gross-out comedy.

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