Movie 43 is a 2013 American anthology comedy film co-directed and produced by Peter Farrelly, and written by Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko among others. The film features fourteen different storylines, each one by a different director, including Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, Will Graham, and Jonathan van Tulleken. It stars an ensemble cast that is led by Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Dennis Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet. Julianne Moore, Tony Shalhoub and the late Anton Yelchin, Charlie Saxton are also featured in cut scenes released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Twelve directors, including Peter Farrelly, Griffin Dunne and Brett Ratner, contributed to this collection of outrageous spoofs and stories. A seemingly perfect man has an unusual blemish on his neck in "The Catch." Superheroes attend a speed-dating event in "Robin's Big Speed Date." Two people on a blind date try to break the ice by playing "Truth or Dare." Other stories include "iBabe," "The Proposition," "Beezel" and "Victory's Glory."
Why It Sucks
- The movie’s title alone makes no sense, and sounds similar to CGW. And it was a result of one of the director's kids talking about an urban legend-sounding made up movie with the same name, which the director regardlessly "cooked" the movie’s name for the marketers of using.
- Unfunny skits. The main problem with the humor is that each skit hinders on only one joke and drags throughout the entire segment, meaning you may get one second of laughter, but a few minutes of boredom.
- Very bad acting. For example; Richard Gere, who plays the boss in the iBabe segment, obviously looks bored with the film.
- Horrendous dialogue.
- Most of the jokes are gross-out jokes and sex jokes.
- Beezel looks horrifying and not cute. He looks more like a Garfield reject and is incredibly perverted and unlikable.
- The movie poster is very inappropriate as the woman in the poster is only in a bikini with the words covered up.
- The ending is just abysmal.
- Terrible score.
- The film was not screened in advance for critics because of negative reviews making the viewers miss the film, which is a major red flag. Proving that even the directors, writers, producers, stars and many others who were involved in this film knew this was going to suck.
- The trailer is misleading.
- According to co-director Peter Farrelly, most of the cast was so embarrassed by the film that they wanted to quit during production.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- It has some funny moments (such as the Black Basketball skit).
Producer Charlie Wessler first came up with the film's plot in the early 2000's. The film was originally going to have only three skits by three different directing teams: one by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, one by David and Jerry Zucker, and another by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Of these directors, only Peter Farrelly (who directed three segments) did not drop out of the project.
In 2009, co-director Peter Farrelly and producer John Penotti sold the film pitch to Relativity Media for $6 million. The first sketch to be filmed was "The Catch", starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet.
Wessler would recruit actors for the film at a minimal cost. Some of the actors signed on through word of mouth, without knowing the plot. Other actors were also considered for roles, such as Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and George Clooney, but they all dropped out. Filming was done over the course of several years, working around the actors' schedules.
Farrelly decided on the title after overhearing his son talking about a film titled Movie 43.
Movie 43 was critically panned. Some critics considered it to be one of the worst films ever made. The film received an average score of 18 out of 100 on Metacritic, signifying "overwhelming dislike". On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 5% positive rating based on 85 reviews, with an average rating of 2.21/10. The site's consensus states: "A star-studded turkey, Movie 43 is loaded with gleefully offensive and often scatological gags, but it's largely bereft of laughs." Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a D rating.
Movie 43 was predicted to debut to less than $10 million, with the studio expecting $8–9 million. It took in $4.8 million on its opening weekend, opening in seventh place, far below expectations.
At the end of its run, closing in the United States on March 14, 2013, the film had grossed $8,840,453 domestically and $23,598,535 internationally for a worldwide total of $32,438,988.
Relativity stated that they had already covered all costs with international pre-sales deals and a deal with Netflix.
The film won 3 Golden Raspberry Awards at the 34th Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay and was nominated for six including Worst Actress for Halle Berry (along with The Call) and Naomi Watts (along with Diana).