Movie 43 Review: Low-Brow Humor Inconsistently Scattered Over 12 Sketches

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Movie 43 features a big cast spread across 12 different skits that on an individual level are hit or miss.

Peter Farrelly, half of the Farrelly brothers, must have cashed in a few favors to get the talent of Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman and countless others to do some of the things they do in this film.

Wrapped loosely in the story of a guy (Dennis Quaid) pitching a movie to a Hollywood low-life with no power (Greg Kinnear), Movie 43 presents 12 little vignettes that are funny in the same way that Family Guy or Robot Chicken are at 2 am.

The sketches are inconsistent, and sadly the first full one we get is the best of the film. It involves Beth (Winslet) going on a date with Davis (Jackman), who has a secret under his scarf, a scrotum hanging right about where most men would find their Adam’s apple. That’s the kind of humor Movie 43 delivers, and in some cases it really works. Here you find some funny situations involving a baby, getting food caught in inopportune areas, and a stray pubic hair falling into soup.

Some other skits that work involve Lois Lane (Thurman) describing what a peeping Tom Superman is to Batman and Robin (Jason Sudeikis and Justin Long, respectively), a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) gets her first period while on a date, a couple who met online (Stephen Merchant and Halley Berry) play a nasty game of truth or dare on their first date), and a crudely animated cat harasses her carer’s girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks) in the film’s post-credit closer.

So that marks for a little less than half of the skits, five of the 12 to be exact, that work and have something worth remembering. The other seven are utterly forgettable despite strong attempts from the likes of Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Sean William Scott, Terrence Howard and Johnny Knoxville. The writing on these failed sketches is putrid and play like poorly thought out Saturday Night Live skits.

Sadly, the good does not outweigh the bad, as even the funny skits are still incredibly low-brow humor. But hey, I laughed. And know what? I’ll probably laugh at some of these moments again when this film inevitably airs on Comedy Central late at night.

It’s easy to watch and has some really funny moments. If that’s all your looking for than give everyone who made it your ten bucks. If not, steer clear. Grade: C-

By Matt Dougherty

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