What's most perplexing about "Movie 43" is not that respected and award-winning actors appear in this raunchy mess... it's the fact that it was greenlit in the first place. This spoof of the Hollywood screenplay industry should have been a laugh riot but features an inundation of lame gay jokes and cliché sight gags.
It seems like a dream cast with "Movie 43:" Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet all in the same movie. But throw in Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, and Justin Long, and things get downright weird.
It all starts out promisingly enough. The first story shows Dennis Quaid as a screenwriter trying to sell his screenplay to a befuddled Greg Kinnear. As Quaid describes each outrageous short story, they come to vivid life in all their ribald glory.
One expects Anna Faris to be in a 5-minute short about wanting to get pooped on. But Hugh Jackman with a ball sack hanging from his neck? Or Oscar winner Halle Berry with oversized breasts that pop out of her blouse at any moment? No wonder the late Roger Ebert gave this film zero stars.
There is one story worth watching: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber play parents who want to give their home-schooled teenage son real life experiences, including bullying and gay come-ons.
Many critics compared this to "SNL" skits... if only "Movie 43" were really that funny.
The Blu-ray contains both the rated and unrated versions of the film, along with a deleted skit called "Find Our Daughter."
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