Movie 43 is a collection of short pieces akin to extended SNL skits. It is vulgar, disturbing, disgusting, uncomfortable… and often funny. Now, none of it is belly-achingly funny, and some of the humor falls flat. But I’m a big believer in taking a movie for what it is, and not for what it is not. And on that basis I recommend it, if marginally.
For such low-brow material, one would have expected a lot of B-list and unknown actors. But Movie 43 “stars an ensemble cast that includes Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, and Kate Winslet among others” (Wikipedia). The mixture of this kind of star power with such lurid subject matter forges a unique niche in the history of film, and credit is due on that basis if nothing else.
Richard Roeper called Movie 43 “the Citizen Kane of awful.” It will offend, gross out, and piss off a lot of people — if they ever see it. But for a few out there, myself included, it might also make you laugh a little. I don’t normally go for gross-out humor, but I like edgy stuff, and Movie 43 advances a lot more creativity than most so-called comedies. It scrapes the bottom of the Rotten Tomatoes barrel at 4%. Mind you, these are the same critics who lauded 22 Jump Street (currently 84%) — so the value of that collective, closed-minded opinion is the real bottom-dweller as far as I’m concerned. 6/10