Three kids get engrossed in the urban myth of Movie 43, a film that is apparently so dangerous that it has been banned in every country in the world, "including Amsterdam". Searching the hidden depths of the internet, they try to hunt down the mythical movie and along the way stumble on to a series of short films, each one weirder and more disgusting than the one before it. To give you a taste of these movies, the very first one features Kate Winslet going on a blind date with eligible bachelor Hugh Jackman, only to discover that he has a terrible secret. Which turns out to be that his testicles - yes, his actual nads - are on his neck. Over the next few minutes, we then witness Hugh's balls dipping into soup, perched on a baby's head and dropping pubes all over the place. If this sounds like a laugh riot to you, then chances are you're going to love Movie 43. But if scrotum humour isn't your bag, then repeat after me; avoid avoid AVOID.
The idea of Movie 43 is a good one; get some of the biggest actors in the world - seriously, that cast list is astounding - and put them in some of the most purile, potentially hilarious situations you can think of. Unfortunately though, that potential is wasted by an almost universal lack of intelligence. Some of the sketches do land well; the Naomi Watts / Liev Schrieber home-schooling their son skit is probably the best realised one, and a fake commerical for a charity supporting children who work inside vending machines is properly hilarious. But too many of the shorts fall flat on their faces because it seems they thought that no matter how bad the jokes were, they'd be funny just because really famous people are telling them.
The even bigger problem with Movie 43 is that websites like Funny Or Die and College Humour have been doing this kind of celebrity short thing for years; they're better at it AND they're free to watch online. Yes, there is some fun to be had watching Elizabeth Banks whack an animated cat around with a shovel, or Emma Stone lose her mind when she's compared to Blanch from The Golden Girls, but these genuinely funny moments are too few and fair between; even at a scant 90 minutes, this is one joke that goes on for too long.
Review by Rory Cashin | 15:06 | Friday 25th January 2013 | Movie Review
this was the worst movie i have ever seen couldnt wait for it to end it makes me think how stupid crude and messed up can films get well this is howPosted 22:55 | Fri 25th Jan 2013
Yeah, this film was utter tripe. The only laugh I got was from the brief skit on A Beautiful Mind. You know a comedy is in trouble when it's virtually a laugh-free zone.Posted 14:44 | Sat 26th Jan 2013
I look down on the people involved in this, I look down further on those who saw the advert and decided it was worth the time, effort, transport, movie ticket, cineman snacks and sanity to sit through it. The advert was even vile.Posted 16:40 | Sat 26th Jan 2013
* cinema snacks! However, those snacks may involve cineman... lolPosted 16:41 | Sat 26th Jan 2013
Ugh I wish I'd seen these comments first. Shame people ignore Irish comedy; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTvCp88IQ_cPosted 15:36 | Sun 27th Jan 2013
This is a movie I will never forget for all the wrong reasons, it was most likely the longest hour and a half of my life. I would say the only funny part was the Naomi Watts / Liev Schrieber home-schooling skit but other than that this was god awful. I didn't want to see this in the first place because it is not my kind of movie and any producer that said "this is quality comedy" when reading the script seriously needs their head checked.Posted 11:20 | Tue 29th Jan 2013
Can't believe this has the same rating as Taken 2; which is evidently better.Posted 16:44 | Mon 4th Feb 2013
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