Reviewer’s Rating: ★ 1/2
When a movie actually has the word “movie” in the title, one would think they are sitting through an hour and a half of a production that includes a plot and a development of characters. In basic fundamentals of learning, it has been taught that a successful story includes an introduction, rising action, climax, falling action and a resolution. None of the mentioned components can be found in “Movie 43.” Instead, the audience will endure a compilation of short films strung together with a large handful of A-list actors.
The movie opens with Dennis Quaid, who plays a washed-up writer pitching his offensive movie ideas to a producer, played by Greg Kinnear. The only purpose of flashing back to this segment seems to be an attempt at formulating a reason to have a 94 minute series of shorts.
A few laughable bits include what is supposed to be an “in-movie commercial,” which displays children hidden in machines that people take for granted every day. Images of the sad little ones are found in soda machines, ATMs and copy machines and encourage the audience to act out against violence toward machines run by children. Another short titled “Middle School Date” was notably humorous. Fun fact: It actually involved actors well-known in the comedy world. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, known for his role as McLovin in “Superbad,” joins “Rules of Engagement” and “Family Guy” star Patrick Warburton for this sketchy segment. A middle-school boy has a young girl over for a date while his older brother (Mintz-Plasse) chaperones the two. The young girl has her first menstrual cycle and the boys freak out as they try to find solutions for this awkward and delicate situation.
Other segments involve popular actors Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Justin Long, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Gerard Butler and Oscar-nominee Hugh Jackman. The list of well-known performers goes on. The comedy, however, does not. The crude and distasteful segments portray unexpected scenarios for this list of cast members. This movie is truly offensive and surprising.
Although this movie isn’t for many people, fans of Seth MacFarlane’s writing will most likely appreciate this type of humor. The praised writer of “Ted” and the hit TV series “Family Guy” has a cameo in “Movie 43” and is notorious for his vulgar comedies.
Overall, when promised a top-billed cast of noteworthy performers, audiences will expect 100 percent more effort at developing an extraordinary movie. “Movie 43” doesn’t make the cut; not by a long shot.