Movie Review #410: Movie 43 (2013)

5% hilarious, 95% stupid, 100% offensive

For what it’s worth, Movie 43 does deserve to be watched – to see how low even high-profile celebrities are willing to go just to make audiences laugh. It’s so bad it’s weirdly entertaining. It’s so stupid and self-aware that it’s brilliant. But hell, all this film may be is a punch to the face of Hollywood. Because my goodness, if they were serious about making a legitimate movie, they definitely failed.

If a film was directed by 13 people and written by 19, you’d think it would turn out great, right? Wrong! For starters, Movie 43 isn’t even a movie. It’s more of a collection of sketches combined to run at 90 minutes. What it is though, is star-studded. Not even The Avengers could compete against its roster of A-listers, who I’m pretty sure wouldn’t want their names associated with this project any longer. To name a few, there’s Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Live Schrieber, Dennis Quaid, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Kristen Bell, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sean William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Greg Kinnear, Anna Farris, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone, Justin Long, Katrina Bowden, Common, Seth MacFarlane, and Will Sasso. And they said they made the film for $6 million. They must be crazy.

In its defense, it is quite funny at times, like when Halle Berry dips her boob in guacamole or when Hugh Jackman plays with the ‘balls’ attached to his neck. But it misses the mark most of the time that the only thing you’ll notice is its offensive tendencies and amateurish direction. I for one wasn’t offended, but overall I found it to be tasteless and poorly conceived.

GRADE: D+

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