Poster for the ensemble comedy Movie 43 exposes itself

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

I just don’t know what to make of MOVIE 43, the ensemble comedy starring just about everyone. The red-band trailer(s) we’ve seen certainly have some funny bits, but something feels off about the whole thing.  Let’s face it, you may not love everyone in the cast, but there’s no denying that there are some heavy hitters in there.  I mean, Josh Duhamel, Johnny Knoxville…Richard Gere?  Yeah, it’s just too odd to call.  My gut tells me it will flop like a fish out of water, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to see it (on Netflix, of course).

Here’s the poster:

And here’s an explanation of the whole thing from producer/director Peter Farelly:

“Movie 43 is the brain child of Charlie Wessler, who produces lots of our movies. Basically, he wanted to do a Kentucky Fried Movie type of movie with a bunch of shorts, but we didn’t want to do one that was just one short after another with no connection. So, what Movie 43 is, is that kind of movie with a wrap-around and the wrap-around is two 15-year-old stoners and their 11-year-old egghead brother/computer whiz, who are trying to find the elusive Movie 43.

It’s the most banned movie in the world. It was banned in all countries because it’s so subversive. They have heard about it and they are trying to find it on the Internet. They keep breaking into other banned sites and movie archives, and finding these other shorts. After every two or three movies, you come back to these kids who are still looking, but someone is trying to stop them from finding Movie 43 and that starts turning. So, there is a plot within the shorts. We have something happening in the wrap-around. “

So, there you have it.  I am genuinely curious to see how this bird flies.  The film segments are directed by the likes of Farelly, Elizabeth Banks, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, and Brett Ratner, amongst others, if that does anything for you.  MOVIE 43 is slated for theaters on January 25, 2013.

Source: Entertainment Weekly, Collider

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