Directors: Elizabeth Banks, Steve Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, Jonathan Van Tulleken.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Justin Long, Uma Thurman, Kristen Bell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Mortez, Gerard Butler, Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Halle Berry, Stephen Merchant, Terrence Howard, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel.
Written by: Steve Barker, Will Carlough, Jacob Fleisher, Patrik Forsberg, Matt Portenoy, Greg Pritikin, Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko and Elizabeth Wright Shapiro.
Running Time: 90 mins
Release date: 25th January 2013
Way back in 1978, a small little comedy was released called Kentucky Fried Movie. This was a series of unrelated sketches that poked fun at TV and movies. Everything from Kung Fu films, educational documentaries, cinema fads, porn and even the news. It was less than 90 mins long and each sketch was as funny as the next, even if they were rude and crude. What made them work was the attention to detail and the fact that the guys who wrote it knew that they audience, made up of 18 to 30 year olds, had intelligence and never once resorted to “cheap laughs”. Those guys were Jim Abrahams, David and Jerry Zucker, who went on to make one of the greatest comedies of all time, Airplane! as well as The Naked Gun.
Now we have a new sketch comedy, in the same vein as Kentucky Fried Movie, that boasts having a huge cast of Hollywood superstars, has been written by 9 writers and directed by 11 directors. The one question that crossed my mind while watching this utter pile of drivel was, surely someone must have thought, this just isn’t funny!
A teenager wants to get revenge on his younger, technically minded brother so he can download a virus via porn to his laptop. He tells his brother of a movie that will change his life and so, said brother starts searching the internet for Movie 43, while teenager is in the bathroom with laptop, downloading porn. As the boy searches, he comes across a series of short, unexplained scenes.
To say that sitting through this film was like sitting through a 10 year-old boy’s idea of comedy is not far from the truth. It wants to be outrageous. It wants to shock. It wants you to laugh. Laugh? I genuinely thought I had a humour by-pass until I realised that, no, I had a brain and what I was watching was just awful. The other thing I kept thinking was, how on earth did they get some of these huge names to appear? Had they been blackmailed? Was there a clause in Hugh Jackman’s contract that, in order for him to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, he had to star in a sketch in which he had objects hanging from his neck that certainly shouldn’t be there?
The sketch comedy can be a brilliant way of delivering quick-fire laughs. This just dragged on and on and on. And when each sketch actually came to an end, well, they didn’t even have a punchline, they just…stopped. In between this we have to put up with some nonsense involving three kids looking for this Movie 43 that, too, leads to nothing. Then when you think it’s all over, then comes another sketch. It was like a bad nightmare that wouldn’t go away.
I know what you are thinking. I haven’t mentioned the contents of the sketches. Well let’s see…if you find a woman wanting her boyfriend to poo on them funny, then you are in for a treat. Yes, that is the level of the humour. Every possible sexual taboo is here and yet it is very sexist. Anyway a woman can be humiliated or used, it’s up on the screen. We get the oh so hilarious one about the iBabe, an iPod inside a naked woman that boys are trying to screw but that’s where the fan is…hold my aching sides.
There are moments that do raise a smile but the problem is, there seems to be very little invention and what there is, it’s lost among another pathetic, childish scene that has another Hollywood star embarrassing themselves. So when you get to the Terrence Howard 50s Basketball scene, which is one of the few moments that doesn’t use sex or bodily functions as a way to be funny, it already lost the will to live.
Moronic, sick, immature and just plain awful, this is already a major contender of the worst film of 2013. Please, there are a mass of better films out there, go and see them. Just don’t waste your money or your time on this!
As a sidenote, the funniest thing about this film actually happened at the box officer where I was buying the ticket. I asked the girl behind the counter: One for Movie 43. She looked at me, confused: We don’t have 43 screens!