'Movie 43' definitely pushes the bounds of taste as it tries to be a modern-day 'Kentucky Fried Movie' or 'Amazon Women On The Moon' with an X-Rated twist. With big name directors and A-List actors creating this series of super-raunchy comedy sketches, one might only laugh a few times, with the remainder of the running time spent wishing it was over. While the two former films I mentioned above succeeded in making us laugh with over-the-top comedy, 'Movie 43' only tries to shock us and makes us look away, rather than make us laugh. And that is its ultimate flaw.
This movie was nearly rejected by every studio in the business, until Relativity Media greenlit it for $6 million dollars. After many people dropped out of the film before production, filming took more than four years to complete, as the production had to wait for certain A-List actors to become available. It took a lot of guts and balls for names like Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Greg Kinnear, Dennis Quaid, Kate Winslet, and Terrence Howard to say "Yes" to this movie, as each actor performs out of their comfort zone.
The Farrelly Brothers, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, and Steve Carr make up a portion of the directors here, as the overall story arc centers on a demented screenwriter (Dennis Quaid) who has forced his way into a studio executive's (Greg Kinnear) office to pitch a film, which is the set up for the many segments we are about to see. If you're not sure about the film yet, once Quaid yells that his script is "this century's 'Howard the Duck', you know what you're in for.
The first segment starts out with Kate Winslet getting ready for a blind date with, according to 'Gotham Magazine,' New York's most eligible bachelor (Hugh Jackman), who not only is a very successful businessman, but volunteers to causes, donates to charity, and loves the art scene. So why is this amazing man still single? Well Winslet soon finds out once they arrive at the swanky city restaurant that Jackman has a large, hairy scrotum attached to his neck. Winslet gags and is disgusted as he spills food on it, scratches it, and she becomes very uncomfortable, when they pose for a picture and the scrotum lays on her forehead. This is the type of humor in every sketch, and none of it ever really goes anywhere or has a specific end. it's just there to shock us.
In another sketch featuring a blind-date scenario, Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant are set up by friends and head to a local restaurant where they play a game of Truth or Dare, which spirals out of control very quickly. The two dare each other to grab other patron's butts, blow out a blind man's birthday candles, douche with hot sauce, get a permanent penis tattoo across their face, and much much more. Then there is the seemingly sweet segment with Chris Pratt and his girlfriend Anna Faris who are at a nice picnic where Pratt is about to pop the big question, only to have Faris interrupt him with her biggest sexual fantasy, which is being pooped on. You can only imagine where it goes from there.
That's just a hint of what's in store for you in 'Movie 43'. There are plenty of other segments with depravity, immorality, and perversion that will make people who have seen 'Salo: 120 Days of Sodom' blush. This is by no means a great film. Sure, you might chuckle here and there, but mostly this annoying movie only wants to push you over your line with each joke worse and sicker than the next. And by doing that, the filmmakers left out the vital key to what they were hoping for...comedy, which there is very little of .
Despite 'Movie 43' being a terrible film, the video presentation looks quite good. The film comes with a great 1080p HD transfer presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The detail is sharp and clearly defines the actor's faces, showing wrinkles, makeup blemishes, and certain individual hairs. The wider shots look a bit brighter and tends to be a little soft in certain segments.
The skin tones are natural and smooth with black levels mostly running deep and inky. The colors are bright and tend to pop off the screen at all times. Contrast is great with no colors being overly-saturated. There were no compression issues that I noticed as well as no evidence of banding or dirt. This was a solid video presentation.
This release comes with a solid DTS-HD 5.1 audio track that is mostly dialogue heavy. The dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand with no cracks or hissing. The surrounds do not get used much here though. The only thing you might here from time to time might be some light ambient noises from nature sounds to people having a good time at a party, but that's it.
There is not a whole lot of sound effects or dynamic range here. The bass rarely gets used if at all, and the score is hokey and not impressive. That being said, you're not watching this movie for big action sequences or explosions, but rather to laugh at stupid jokes. And with that aspect, this audio presentation does its job well.
'Movie 43' is a stupid sketch comedy movie that tries to offend and shock us at every corner, rather than provide some great comedy. It's fun to see the A-List actors perform in such a mess of a movie, but beyond that, this little flick can be missed. There aren't a lot of extras besides the one deleted segment, and the audio and video presentations are solid. If you just have to see this for your own morbid curiosity, I suggest renting before purchasing. If not, stay clear.