Movie 43

Out Now On-Demand

Once you see it, you can't unsee it.

Thirteen directors team up with an eclectic mass of all-star actors and actresses in this hefty collection of R-rated comedic shorts. Cast includes Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Richard Gere, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Chloë Grace Moretz and Stephen Merchant.

Director and producer Peter Farrelly can explain it best: "Movie 43 is the brain child of Charlie Wessler, who produces lots of our movies. Basically, he wanted to do a Kentucky Fried Movie type of movie with a bunch of shorts... So Movie 43 is that kind of movie with a wrap-around, and the wrap-around is: two 15-year-old stoners and their 11-year-old egghead brother/computer whiz, who are trying to find the elusive Movie 43.

"It’s the most banned movie in the world. It was banned in all countries because it’s so subversive. They are trying to find it on the internet. They keep breaking into other banned sites and movie archives and finding these other shorts. After every two or three movies, you come back to these kids who are still looking, but someone is trying to stop them from finding Movie 43 and that starts turning."

"Once you see it, you can't unsee it." - goes the tagline. How ominously those words now ring in my head.

I'm all for a film committed to bad taste humour, and with this effort positioning itself as a crude takedown of saccharine anthology comedies like Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, I was quietly rooting for Movie 43 heading in.

But oh boy is this movie terrible.

American sketch comedy has rarely travelled well (ever tried watching an episode of Saturday Night Live? It's brutal.), and Movie 43 ranks down there with the worst of its kind. Every set-up here has one (generally tired) joke at its core and literally nothing else.

So with any present novel value having worn off within three seconds of the beginning of each ten minute segment, that's a lot of dead air.

And as if the criminal dearth of even the lowest forms of wit weren't enough, Movie 43 has the cheek to evoke cult anthology comedy classics like Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) and Amazon Women On the Moon (1987). Not exactly all-out laugh riots themselves, they both have enough zip to appear transcendent next to this film.

If I had to pick the segment I hated the least, it would probably be the nicely odd supermarket romance between Kieran Culkin and Emma Stone. But nobody among the star-studded cast emerges with their dignity intact.

Here's a suggested replacement tagline, taken from David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of The Fly:

"Be afraid. Be very afraid."

Chicago Sun-Times (Richard Roeper)


The 'Citizen Kane' of awful.

Empire (UK)


Just no.

Guardian (UK)


Movie 43 is sketchy, in every sense.

Time Out New York


As sick-making sketch comedies go, this stupefyingly bad one - somehow rife with A-list talent - must rank near the very bottom.

Total Film (UK)


Quite why A-listers Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman and Emma Stone (among others) aligned themselves with this excruciatingly moronic compilation of shorts is anybody's guess.

Variety (USA)


An appalling misfire that tries and fails to evoke the anything-goes spirit of such '70s sketch-comedy concoctions as "The Groove Tube" and "Kentucky Fried Movie."

Hollywood Reporter


Witlessly profane. An utter disaster.

Los Angeles Times


How many directors does it take to screw in a star-studded piece of aggressive stupidity and call it a movie? An even dozen, and there is no punch line.


-Movie 43-

Ha ha ha, really, thats about it! Its crazy like 'Jackass', silly like 'Scary Movie' or 'Date Movie' and if you dont mind laughing at obsenities, pathic jokes, and the most ludicrus storyline, then this is sooo the movie for you. With more starts than 'New Years Eve' but actually I was suprised to enjoy it way more! I couldnt give you any spoiliers if I tried! I gona join the prevention for cruelty of chilren in machines...

Genre : stupid, comedy, laughter, sparatic storyline

4/5 : its just not like any other movie, it'l make you cringe, a lot!