This star-studded sketch comedy compilation of utter ridiculousness didn't quite make it to many big time theaters this year, but the DVD release (thanks to Netflix) was more than enough reason to check it out. Movie 43 is exactly what it sets out to be: a completely absurd and ridiculously offensive piece of, well, trash. But in a good way. Think of an episode of Saturday Night Live that goes uncensored. And instead of your regular run-of-the-mill TV comedians doing their thing sketch after sketch, it's full of Hollywood A-listers.
Directed by Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Patrik Forsberg, Bob Odenkirk, James Gunn, Jonathan van Tulleken, Will Graham, and Brett Ratner, this film's cast is enough to get even the most reluctant comedy-viewer to give it a try. This movie stars (albeit briefly) the following household names: Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Anna Faris, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Jeremy Allen White, Chris Pratt, Kieran Culkin, Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Will Sasso, Jason Sudeikis, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Uma Thurman, Leslie Bibb, Elizabeth Banks, Seann William Scott, John Hodgman, Bobby Cannavale, Common, Seth MacFarlane, Greg Kinnear, Dennis Quaid, Stephen Merchant, Nicole Polizzi, Richard Gere, Jack McBrayer, Kate Bosworth, Chloe Grace Moretz, Josh Duhamel, Terrence Howard, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tony Shalhoub, Patrick Warburton, and Johnny Knoxville. That's right. All of them.
So what is the movie about? Well, as the tagline suggests, it is simply "The biggest cast ever assembled for the most outrageous comedy ever made." There are plenty of juvenile jokes to make even the most jaded viewer laugh (even though he or she may not want to admit to doing so) and there is absolutely no moral at the end, heartwarming romance sequence, or tearjerker slice of life moment. Just good old fashioned unedited, no limits comedy. Highlights include (but are certainly not limited to): a superhero speed dating adventure, a bizarre family who insists on homeschooling their son, a couple playing a game of high stakes truth or dare on a blind date, and two idiots who kidnap a leprechaun. Do yourself a favor, and give this movie a shot. It might offend you, but viewing Movie 43 will end in one of two outcomes: You will hate it and appreciate the next movie you see, or you will love it and be ashamed to admit to doing so. Either way, you'll be offended and shocked. Which, after all, is the entire point of the movie.