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Movie 43 Blu-ray Review

Movie 43 Blu-ray

“Movie 43” is a disastrously unfunny comedic anthology movie.

On paper, a comedic anthology movie with an all-star cast sounds like a recipe for success. The often forgotten comedy anthology genre may not be amongst the finest genres in cinema history, but there have been many notable entries with amusing films like “Kentucky Fried Movie” and “The Groove Tube.” Unfortunately, “Movie 43” is neither notable nor amusing. At all.

To say “Movie 43” is a waste of time and talent is the understatement of 2013. As you may have heard upon its release, the film not only received some of the worst reviews of the year, but it was also dubbed one of the worst films ever made by several critics. While I personally wouldn’t go that far, it’s still a horrifically unfunny movie that plays like a series of rejected Funny or Die videos strung together.

For the curious, “Movie 43” is a series of raunchy comedy shorts that covers topics such as: menstruation, testicles on a neck, an extreme sexual fetish, superhero speed dating, a screenwriter, an unorthodox homeschooling situation, ex-lovers, a female replica MP3 player, two mock commercials about kids and machines and one about Tampax, a leprechaun, an out of control truth or dare game, a black basketball team, and a cartoon cat. There’s also a wraparound story about a screenwriter that feels completely tacked on.

If you’re easily offended, “Movie 43 should definitely be avoided (although it should be avoided anyway). This is the type of movie that proudly offends and goes all out with raunchy humor mostly involving bodily functions and body parts. Now, I don’t have a problem with outrageously raunchy comedies that aim to offend. When done properly, they can be uniquely funny. The problem is there’s nothing unique or funny about “Movie 43.” It’s just a brainless shock comedy that goes for obvious, outdated, gross-out humor or awful sight gags like seeing Gerard Butler digitally shrunken into a Leprechaun (don’t ask). The only truly offensive thing about this movie is that it wastes the talents of Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Dennis Quaid, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Seth MacFarlane, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Terrence Howard, Richard Gere, Chloe Grace Moretz, Naomi Watts, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Stephen Merchant, and many more.

Note: This set contains both the theatrical and alternate cut of “Movie 43.” The alternate cut features a different wraparound story.

Video/Audio:

Presented in 1.78:1 1080p, the transfer for this film is much better than it deserves to be honest.

The 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio track is perfectly suited to the mostly dialogue centric comedy.

Extras:
* Fox trailers and a “Movie 43” theatrical trailer.
* DVD copy and digital copy.
* “Find Our Daughter”- A cut segment featuring Julianne Moore and Tony Shalob as parents whose daughter is “missing.”

Summary: Something tells me that the cast members of “Movie 43” will probably leave out this film on their resume. I can’t imagine anyone is proud of this turkey nor should they be. Skip it.

June 20, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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