February 8th, 2013, by Rob


Movie 43

Movie 43 is a 2013 American independent anthology black comedy film co-directed and produced by Peter Farrelly, and written by Steve Baker, Rocky Russo, and Jeremy Sosenko among others. The film features fourteen different storylines, each one done 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 one of the biggest ensemble casts ever in film, including Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, and Kate Winslet among others.

The film took almost a decade to get into production as most studios outright rejected the script, but was eventually picked up by Relativity Media for $6 million. The film was shot over a period of several years, as casting also proved to be a challenge for the producers. Some actors, like George Clooney immediately declined to take part, while others like Richard Gere attempted to get out of the project.

The film was released on January 25, 2013. The film has been universally panned by critics, with the Chicago Sun-Times calling it “the Citizen Kane of awful”, and many others referring to it as one of the worst films ever made.

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – Movie 43 – Plot

Movie 43 – The Pitch

The film is composed of multiple comedy shorts presented through an overarching segment titled “The Pitch”, in which Charlie Wessler (Dennis Quaid), a mad screenwriter, is attempting to pitch a script to film executive Griffin Schraeder (Greg Kinnear). After revealing several of the stories in his script, Wessler becomes agitated when Schraeder dismisses his outrageous ideas, and he pulls a gun on him and forces him to listen to multiple other stories before making Schraeder consult his manager, Bob Mone (Common), to purchase the film. When they do so, Mone’s condescending attitude toward Schraeder angers him to the point that, after agreeing to make the film “the biggest film since Howard the Duck”, he confronts Mone in the parking lot and tries to humiliate him. Wessler tries to calm Schraeder with more story ideas to no avail, and the segment ends with it being revealed that it’s being shot by a camera crew as part of the movie, leading into the final segments.
Alternate version (“The Thread”)

The structure of the film released in countries such as the United Kingdom differs. Instead of a pitch, the films are connected by a group of three teenagers searching for the most banned film in the world, “Movie 43”, which will ultimately lead to the destruction of civilization.[6] The teens search for the film by using the forty-third rule of the Internet, “You can find anything on the Internet if you are willing to look for it long enough.”[citation needed]

Movie 43 – The Catch

Beth (Kate Winslet) is a single businesswoman who goes on a blind date with Davis (Hugh Jackman), the city’s most eligible bachelor. When the two arrive together at a restaurant, Beth is shocked when he removes his scarf, revealing a pair of testicles dangling from his neck. Over dinner, she attempts to discreetly get the restaurant staff’s attention over it, while Davis fails to acknowledge his anatomical abnormality.

Movie 43 – Homeschooled

Co-Written and Directed by Will Graham

Having recently moved, Anna and Sean have coffee with their new neighbors. The neighbors, Robert (Liev Schreiber) and Samantha (Naomi Watts) have a teenage son, Kevin (Jeremy Allen White), whom they have home-schooled. Anna and Sean begin inquiring about the homeschooling, and the numerous manners in which Robert and Samantha have replicated a high school environment within their home, going as far as hazing, bullying, and giving out detentions, are humorously revealed. They also throw high school parties and Samantha simulates Kevin’s “first kiss” with him. Visibly disturbed, the neighbors end up meeting Kevin, who says he is going out and gives them the impression that all is fine: until he reveals a doll made of a mop with Samantha’s face on it, referring to the doll as his girlfriend.

Movie 43 – The Proposition

Directed by Steve Carr

Vanessa (Anna Faris) and Jason (Chris Pratt) have been in a relationship for a year. When he attempts to propose to her, she reveals to him that she is a coprophiliac, and asks him to defecate on her in the bedroom. Urged by his best friend Larry (J.B. Smoove) and others to go along with it, he eats a large meal and drinks a bottle of laxative prior to the event. Wanting foreplay, Vanessa is angered when Jason wants to finish, and she runs into the street. Chasing after her, he is a hit by a car, and she cradles him and apologizes; surrounded by his excrement on the road, she exclaims that it is the “most beautiful thing” she has ever seen.

Movie 43 – Veronica

Directed by Griffin Dunne

Neil (Kieran Culkin) is working a night shift at a local grocery store. His ex-girlfriend, Veronica (Emma Stone), comes through his line and the two begin arguing, which soon turns into sexual discussion and flirtation as they humorously lament over their relationship; unbeknownst to them, Neil’s intercom microphone broadcasts the entire explicit conversation throughout the store, where various elderly people and vagrants tune in. After she leaves in tears, the customers agree to cover his shift while he goes after her.

Movie 43 – iBabe

Directed by Steven Brill

A developing company is having a meeting in their headquarters over their newly released product, the “iBabe”, which is a life-sized, realistic replica of a nude woman which functions as an MP3 player. The boss (Richard Gere), listens to his various workers (Kate Bosworth, Aasif Mandvi, and Jack McBrayer) argue over the placement of a fan that was built into the genital region of the iBabe, which is mangling the penises of teenage boys who attempt to have sex with them.

Movie 43 – Superhero Speed Dating

Co-Edited and Directed by James Duffy

Robin (Justin Long) and his cohort Batman (Jason Sudeikis) are in Gotham City at a speed dating establishment seeking out a bomb threat by their arch nemesis, Penguin (John Hodgman). While Robin attempts to connect with various women through speed dating—including Lois Lane (Uma Thurman) and Supergirl (Kristen Bell)—Batman encounters his ex, Wonder Woman (Leslie Bibb), and attempts to stop Penguin from detonating Supergirl, who later turns out to be the Riddler (Will Carlough) in disguise, which Batman already knew and was screwing with Robin, who kissed “her” moments before unveiling. (Early during production, this sketch was formerly titled “Robin’s Big Speed Date”.)

Movie 43 – Machine Kids

Written and Directed by Jonathan van Tulleken

A faux-commercial about kids stuck in machines and how adults’ criticism of these particular machines affect the feelings of the children stuck inside the machines. This commercial was paid for by the society for the prevention of cruelty to children inside machines.

Movie 43 – Middleschool Date

Directed by Elizabeth Banks

Nathan (Jimmy Bennett) and Amanda (Chloë Grace Moretz) are watching television after school at Nathan’s house as their first “middle school” date. When they begin to kiss, his older brother Mikey (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) enters the living room and makes fun of them. Amanda then discovers she is menstruating and tries to hide it, and when Nathan sees blood on her pants, he panics and believes her to be bleeding to death, causing a debacle, which would later have Nathan and Amanda’s fathers (Patrick Warburton and Matt Walsh) involved.

Movie 43 – Tampax

Written and Directed by Patrik Forsberg

Another faux-commercial; this time it now involves two women and Tampax.

Movie 43 – Happy Birthday

Directed by Brett Ratner

Pete (Johnny Knoxville) captures a leprechaun (Gerard Butler) for his roommate Brian (Seann William Scott) as a birthday present. After tying the leprechaun up in the basement, they demand he give them a pot of gold. The obscene leprechaun threatens that his brother is coming to save him. When he arrives, Brian and Pete are shot at but ultimately kill both leprechauns. At the end of the segment, Pete reveals he has also caught a fairy (Esti Ginzburg) who performs fellatio for gold coins.

Movie 43 – Truth or Dare

Directed/Co-Directed by Peter Farrelly and Patrik Forsberg, Produced by Peter Farrelly, Co-Written by Patrik Forsberg, and Co-Edited by Sam Seig

Donald (Stephen Merchant) and Emily (Halle Berry) are on a date together at a Mexican restaurant. Tired with typical first dates, Emily challenges Donald to a game of truth or dare. She dares him to grab a man’s buttocks, and he follows with daring her to blow out the birthday candles on a blind boy’s cake. The game slowly escalates to extremes, in which both of them get plastic surgery and tattoos, and humiliate themselves.

Movie 43 – Victory’s Glory

Directed by Rusty Cundieff

Set in 1959, Coach Jackson (Terrence Howard) is lecturing his basketball team before their first game against an all-white team. Worried about losing the game, the timid players are lectured by Coach Jackson about their superiority in the sport over their white counterparts, which he expresses vulgarly. When the game ensues, the all-white team loses miserably and rejoices in a single point they earn.

Movie 43 – Beezel

Co-Written and Directed by James Gunn

Amy (Elizabeth Banks) worries that her boyfriend Anson’s (Josh Duhamel) cat, Beezel (an animated cartoon), is coming between their relationship. Beezel seems to detest Amy and anyone who comes between him and Anson, but Anson only sees Beezel as innocent. One day, Amy witnesses Beezel performing sexual acts on her teddy bear, shoving her hairbrush in his anus, and masturbating to summer vacation photos of Anson in a swimsuit, and Beezel attacks her and violently urinates on her. Anson still finds his pet innocent but Amy threatens to leave if he doesn’t get rid of Beezel. Caring more about his relationship, Anson agrees to find a new home for him. That night, Beezel tearfully watches the couple make love from a closet. The next day when it comes time to take Beezel away, he is nowhere to be found. Amy goes to look outside to look. Beezel then runs her over with a truck and attempts to shoot her to death with a shotgun, but she chases him into the street and begins beating him with a shovel, which is witnessed by a group of children attending a birthday party at a neighboring house. When Anson approaches to see what is happening, Amy tries to explain Beezel’s motives. Beezel acts innocent and Anson sides with his cat. The children of the party then attack and murder Amy for beating up Beezel, stabbing her with plastic forks. Anson grabs Beezel as he again fantasizes about French kissing his owner.

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – Movie 43 – Cast

The Pitch

Dennis Quaid as Charlie Wessler
Greg Kinnear as Griffin Schraeder
Common as Bob Mone
Charlie Saxton as Jay
Will Sasso as Jerry
Odessa Rae as Danita
Seth MacFarlane as Himself
Mike Meldman as Himself

The Catch

Hugh Jackman as Davis
Kate Winslet as Beth
Julie Claire as Pamela
Katie Finneran as Angie
Roy Jenkins as Ray
Rocky Russo as Waiter Jake
Anna Madigan as Anna

Homeschooled

Jeremy Allen White as Kevin
Liev Schreiber as Robert
Naomi Watts as Samantha
Alex Cranmer as Sean
Julie Ann Emery as Clare

The Proposition

Anna Faris as Vanessa
Chris Pratt as Jason
J. B. Smoove as Larry
Jarrad Paul as Bill
Maria Arcé as Christine
Aaron LaPlante as Friend

Veronica

Kieran Culkin as Neil
Emma Stone as Veronica
Arthur French as Old Man
Brooke Davis as Old Man
Josh Shuman as Old Man

iBabe

Cathy Cliften as iBabe #1
Cherina Monteniques Scott as iBabe #2
Richard Gere as Boss
Kate Bosworth as Arlene
Jack McBrayer as Brian
Aasif Mandvi as Robert
Zach Lasry as Boy
Darby Lynn Totten as Woman
Marc Ambrose as Chappy

Super Hero Speed Dating

Justin Long as Robin
Jason Sudeikis as Batman
Uma Thurman as Lois Lane
Bobby Cannavale as Superman
Kristen Bell as Supergirl
John Hodgman as The Penguin
Leslie Bibb as Wonder Woman
Will Carlough as Riddler
Katrina Bowden as Woman

Middleschool Date

Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Mikey
Chloë Grace Moretz as Amanda
Patrick Warburton as Dad
Jimmy Bennett as Nathan
Matt Walsh as Amanda’s Dad

Happy Birthday

Gerard Butler as Leprechaun 1 & 2
Seann William Scott as Brian
Johnny Knoxville as Pete
Esti Ginzburg as Fairy

Truth or Dare

Halle Berry as Emily
Stephen Merchant as Donald
Sayed Badreya as Large Man
Snooki as Herself
Caryl West as Waitress
Ricki Noel Lander as Nurse Elizabeth
Paloma Felisberto as Bachelorette Party Girl
Jasper Grey as Patron
Benny Harris as Blanco the Bartender
Zen Gesner as Stripper

Victory’s Glory

Terrence Howard as Coach Jackson
Aaron Jennings as Anthony
Corey Brewer as Wallace
Jared Dudley as Moses
Larry Sanders as Bishop
Jay Ellis as Lucious
Brian Flaccus as White Guy 1
Brett Davern as White Guy 2
Evan Dumouchel as White Guy 3
Sean Rosales as White Guy 4
Logan Holladay as White Guy 5
Mandy Kowalski as Cheerleader
Eric Stuart as Narrator

Beezel

Elizabeth Banks as Amy
Josh Duhamel as Anson
Emily Alyn Lind as Birthday Girl
Michelle Gunn as Mommy
Christina Linhardt as Party Clown

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – Movie 43 – Production

Movie 43 – Development

Wessler first came up with the idea for an outrageous comedy made up of several short films in the early 2000s. “It’s like Funny or Die, only if you could go crazy,” says Farrelly “because with Funny or Die, there are certain limits. And we just wanted to do that kind of short and go much further than that.” Charlie Wessler, says that he “wanted to make a Kentucky Fried Movie for the modern age”.

Wessler then recruited three pairs of directors—Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Peter and Bob Farrelly, and David and Jerry Zucker—to sign on to write and direct one-third of the project each. He says he then began working out a deal with a studio for the project, but the project didn’t stick. “They ended up calling me about a month after we started negotiating the deal and said ‘we can’t do it’ because they had political pressure to not make R-rated movies that were marketed to teenagers,” claims Wessler. He then went to multiple other studios, but, according to Wessler, “no one could understand what he was trying to do.”

In 2009, Peter Farrelly and producer John Penotti took their pitch—along with about 60 scripts for the vignettes—to Relativity Media. At that meeting, Wessler, Penotti, and Farrelly presented one short that they already had shot, starring Kate Winslet as a woman going on a blind date with a seemingly successful and handsome Hugh Jackman. “They just looked at me and said, ‘Go for it,’” Wessler tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It takes a lot of balls to make something that is not conventional.” Relativity funded a mere $6 million for the film, but no other studio would sign on. “Other potential backers”, Farrelly says, “didn’t believe it could happen — a movie with Kate Winslet for $6 million?”.

The film officially began shooting in March 2010, but due to its large cast, producer/director Farrelly told Entertainment Weekly that “This movie was made over four years, and they just had to wait for a year or two years for different actors. They would shoot for a week, and shut down for several months. Same thing with the directors. It was the type of movie you could come back to.” Shortly before principal photography, writers Parker, Stone, David, and Jerry Zucker backed out of the project.

The film has 13 directors and 18 writers tied to it, each one co-writing and directing different segments of the fourteen different storylines. Farrelly directed the parts of the movie with Halle Berry and Kate Winslet.

 

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Movie 43 – Casting and Filming

It took years for Wessler to recruit his actors for the film. He says that he was turned down plenty of times because all the actors were asked to work for scale. “Most agents would avoid me because they knew what I wanted to do — what agent wants to book their big client in a no pay, $800-a-day, two-day shoot?” he says. “The truth is, I had a lot of friends who were in this movie. And if they didn’t say yes, this movie wouldn’t have gotten made.” In end, most of the actors were willing to take part because the film only required a few days of their time and often allowed them to play a character outside of their wheelhouse.

Hugh Jackman was the first actor Wessler cast. He met the star at a wedding and then called him some time later and pitched him the short. The actor read the script and agreed to be a part of the film. “He called me back I think 24 hours later and said, ‘Yeah I wanna do this,’ which I think is, quite frankly, incredibly ballsy. Because you could be made a fool of, or you could look silly, and there will be people who say, ‘That’s crazy; he should never have done it.”

After talking to the multiple agents of Kate Winslet, she eventually agreed to take part. The Winslet-Jackman sketch, that was shot shortly after, became the reel to attract other A-list stars.

John Hodgman, who plays opposite Justin Long in one sketch, signed on with no knowledge of the project. Long, Hodgman’s co-star in the long-running series of Apple’s commercials, asked him what the project was, and he then signed on, without still knowing too much. Hodgman said, “I got an e-mail from Justin that said, ‘I’m going to be dressing up as Robin again. Do you want to dress up as the Penguin?’ And I said yes. Without even realizing cameras would be involved, or that it would be a movie. Justin is one of the funniest people on earth.”

Others weren’t so affable. In fact, some stars hedged: Richard Gere, a friend of Wessler’s, said yes — though he wouldn’t be available for more than a year. So Wessler waited him out. He thought the idea of his sketch was too good. Gere eventually called Wessler and told him he was free to shoot, on just a couple of conditions: They had to do it in four days, and they needed to relocate the shoot from Los Angeles to New York.

“They clearly wanted out!” says Farrelly. “But we wouldn’t let them. The strategy was simple: “Wait for them. Shoot when they want to shoot. Guilt them to death.” It didn’t work on everyone. Colin Farrell initially agreed to be in the Butler leprechaun sketch — as Butler’s brother, also a leprechaun — but then he backed out and Gerard Butler did the sketch by himself. Farrelly says that when he approached George Clooney about playing himself in a sketch (the gag was that Clooney is bad at picking up women), Clooney told him “No fucking way.” There was to be a sketch directed by Bob Odenkirk that starred Anton Yelchin as a necrophiliac who worked at a morgue and had sex with the dead female bodies that was shown at a test screening of the film, but was cut out of the final film. Producer John Penotti said that the sketch will be seen on the DVD and Blu-ray of the film.

Because the filmmakers worked around the stars’ schedules, the filming of the whole movie took several years. While so many A-list actors were on board, most weren’t completely aware of what other sketches would be included in the film, which features 13 vignettes tied together by a story of a mad screenwriter (Dennis Quaid) pitching ideas to a movie producer (Greg Kinnear). Penotti says many of the actors didn’t ask many questions about what else was going on in the film. “They were attracted to their script, and as long as that tickled their funnybone, that was enough,” he says.

 

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Movie 43 – Promotion

The title of the film, Movie 43 actually has no meaning. Farrelly heard his son talking with friends about a film called “Movie 43” — and when Farrelly discovered the film didn’t exist, he cribbed the name.

None of the cast members did any promotion of the film, and Relativity did little too, including not screening it in advance. “The slapdash title, the lack of promotion and advance screenings, the release date — none of it bodes well,” says Entertainment Weekly senior editor Thom Geier. “January is usually where movies go to die,” Geier says. “And to go by the trailer — the only option — the content seems dated.” A red-band trailer was released on October 3, 2012. However, Farrelly disagrees. “Kids, teenagers, 50-somethings who still smoke pot — they’re all going to find something here,” he says.

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Movie 43 – Critical response

Movie 43 has been near universally panned by critics. The film holds a score of 19/100 on Metacritic, signifying “overwhelming dislike”, and a 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 reviews with the consensus stating: “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.

In his guest review for Roger Ebert’s website, Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times outright panned the film, giving it zero out of four stars, calling it “aggressively tasteless”, and going so far as to say “Movie 43 is the new Citizen Kane of awful”. He says the film has nothing in common with The Groove Tube and The Kentucky Fried Movie, which, according to him, are very funny and influential sketch-comedy films. He additionally criticizes Movie 43 for what he calls “female humiliation”, saying that although the men are jerks and such, the women have it even worse. Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph described Farrelly’s film as “the work of a confused man thrashing around in an industry he no longer understands”. Peter Howell of the Toronto Star gave the film zero out of four stars and called it the worst film he had ever seen.

However, on the positive side, Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post gave the film three and a half out of four stars, calling it “a near masterpiece of tastelessness”. In his review for the blog “Team Sickness” Kyle Haines gave Movie 43 four stars out of four calling it “a good movie to sit down and have a good laugh.”

Movie 43 – Box office

Movie 43 was predicted to debut to less than $10 million, with the studio expecting $8–9 million. It took in $1.8 million on its opening Friday, far below expectations, and less than the previous spoof film Disaster Movie. The opening weekend total came to $4.8 million. Relativity says that they have already covered all costs with international pre-sales deals and a deal with Netflix.

 

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