These are just a small sampling of the not-so-glowing reviews for the new Farrelly brothers comedy, Movie 43:
“It’s just weird, weird stuff.”
“They didn’t name it after the number of big laughs in it.”
“If your idea of a gut-busting good time at the multiplex is to see Jackman clown around with pair of testicles on his neck, accidentally dipping them in butter and slapping them on the head of a baby, then Movie 43 is pure gold.”
(Well, actually, that last one…)
Though negative reviews aren’t necessarily the death knell of any film, when we add these reviews onto the fact that many of the A-listers appearing in the film (including Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Kate Bosworth, Uma Thurman, Jason Sudeikis, Gerard Butler, Terrence Howard, MOTHERLOVING SNOOKI, and Elizabeth Banks) are trying to distance themselves from the project by refusing to promote it, what do you suppose that equals? [Counts on fingers, carries the one...]
Yes, that’s right. EPIC MOVIE FAIL ELEVENTY.
The rumors surrounding the film are, well, kind of insanely spectacular. For example, word is that Halle Berry decided, against all reason, that putting delicious party dip on her boobs during filming would somehow make a scene better. Because that makes total sense. DUH.
HALLE BERRY DUNKS BREAST IN GUACAMOLE FOR MOVIE 43
Deciding that the scene she was filming for “Movie 42″ just wasn’t spicy enough, the actress reportedly kicked it up a notch-by dipping a bare breast in a plate of fresh guacamole.
“Movie 43″ director Peter Farrelly was worried that Berry would balk at the zany scene she was set to star in. Instead, Berry decided that her role wasn’t outrageous enough.
“She thought the scene was too soft and asked us to amp it up a little,” Farrelly said in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit.
Berry’s scene is about a couple playing Truth or Dare on a first date with actor Stephen Merchant. Berry apparently chose “dare.”
Yeeeeeah. I have no idea either.
So the movie is a bizarre, super-hyped comedy from the makers of There’s Something About Mary – the Farrelly brothers — but it’s getting horrible reviews, and the stars of the film themselves seem genuinely embarrassed by it. And, according to interviews with those involved in the film, it’s essentially just a bunch of sub-plots that intersect with a sole character who tries to pitch each storyline for a film in Hollywood. Ooooh, how film industry insider-y!
But then one takes a gander at IMDB’s listing for the movie, and the storyline is both succinct and totally in conflict with these claims:
“A series of interconnected short films follows three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world.”
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS MOVIE, ANYWAY? I FEEL LIKE I’M TAKING CRAZY PILLS.
Co-Producer Peter Farrelly freely admits that the film has “no heart and no dignity.”
“…it’s so outrageous and [the actors] do so many crazy things. It’s a jarring movie. It’s really not for everybody. It’s for people who like their comedies — high school kids, college kids, 20-somethings, 30-somethings, even 40- and 50-somethings who still smoke weed…”
So, drugs are recommended for enjoying this film? Well that bodes well.
Perhaps some screenshots from the film will help us make sense of this mess?
1. RICHARD GERE AND BIONIC WOMAN-IN-A-BOX AND THAT DUDE FROM 30 ROCK.
2. GERARD BUTLER AS A GUN-TOTING LEPRECHAUN. PLEASE TELL ME IF I’M ALLOWED TO LAUGH AT THIS, YOU GUYS.
3. OH LOOK, JUSTIN LONG HAS BEEN TYPECAST AGAIN.
Okay, not helpful. Sorry.
Anyway, here’s the full trailer. It’s surprisingly funny. In it, Terrance Howard is a coach who gives his basketball team a pep talk by reminding them that they’re black, not Caucasian. (Is that racist? Shit.)
I don’t know… I honestly kind of want to see this movie. Based on all the information out there, my sense is that it’s going to turn out to be a misunderstood, Mel Brooksian riot, or a campy disaster on the scale of Showgirls. And either way, I’m IN.
(Please tell me I’m not the only one.)