Movie 43 review (Blu-ray)

Let's be honest, Movie 43 is a movie made for spotty-faced teenage boys with little brain and absolutely no sense of taste. It's billed as "the most outrageous comedy ever made", which it could well be, depending on your definition of the word "outrageous". But is it any good?

Well, for the most part, no, it isn't.

It opens with Dennis Quaid pitching an idea for a film to movie exec Greg Kinnear. This is a framing device – Quaid pitches lots of movie ideas, and each one gets its own segment. We see Kate Winslett going on a blind date with Hugh Jackman, who has a pair of testicles hanging from his neck. Anna Faris is a girl who wants her fiance to take a shit on her. The Super Hero Speed Dating segment is mildy amusing, and as a bonus, you get Kristen Bell in a Supergirl outfit. Chloë Grace Moretz appears in a very unfunny (and utterly tasteless) segment in which a teenage girl gets her first period. There is one mildly amusing segment – a game of Truth Or Dare between Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant that keeps getting bloder and more outrageous. But it's all downhill from there.

The two biggest problems are that, A) most of the sketches just aren't funny, and B) all the sketches go on way to long. Nobody comes out of this car crash of a film with their dignity intact. And there are some pretty big (and talented) names involved, so you really have to wonder what they were thinking when they signed on to this mess. Does one of the producers have compromising photos of them? Were their families being held hostage?

Unless you are a 15-year-old boy – who will find lots to like here, including plenty of scatalogical humour and a few naked women – Movie 43 is a film best avoided.

EXTRAS ★½ There are two different versions of the film here – Theatrical (ie, the UK theatrical release) and Alternative (the US theatrical release). Both have different framing stories. The only extras are a theatrical trailer and a deleted short, Find Our Daughter (4:45), starring Julianne Moore, Tony Shalhoub and Jordanna Taylor.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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