Movie 43 (2013) Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb Movie Review

Movie 43 (2013)   1/51/51/51/51/5

Movie 43 (2013)

Another Skit Hit n Miss

A washed up film-maker (Dennis Quaid) tricks his way into a meeting with a film executive (Greg Kinnear) in order to try and sell him on an outrageous comedy script. The script consists of a series of extreme comedy fables but with no joy the film-maker takes drastic action and pulls a gun on the executive to keep on telling him his extreme ideas.

There is a long history of sketch movies and to be honest I am yet to come across one which actually worked. The reason is being presented by one unconnected comedy skit after another always ends up an onslaught of comedy which by the end has become more annoying and irritating rather than entertaining. But if you then try to make it as obnoxious, as dirty, as daft and frankly more extreme than "Freddy Got Fingered" what you end up with is a movie which leaves you quite literally dumb struck as to what you are watching and how some people could have thought it was funny.

But then you find yourself becoming increasingly bemused because whilst you find yourself struggling with the extremely moronic sketches, I find it hard to call it comedy as it rarely made me laugh, there are a series of a-list stars who for some reason have agreed to appear in this movie. It makes you wonder if some evil genius had polluted the air with some sort of mind control drug as why else would you have actors such as Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet in a skit about a man with appendages hanging from his throat or how about Anna Faris and Chris Pratt in a skit about a woman who wants to be pooped on. And I could go on especially when you have Patrick Warburton playing a dad trying to explain to his hysterical son what a girl's menstrual cycle is.

What this all boils down to is that I will admit that some of the skits in "Movie 43" amused me but the majority of them bemused me because of their ridiculousness combined with a very individual and extreme sense of what is entertaining.