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With: Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Common, Will Sasso, Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, J.B. Smoove, Kieran Culkin, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Bell, Leslie Bibb, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Patrick Warburton, Gerard Butler, Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Halle Berry, Stephen Merchant, Terrence Howard, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel
Written by: Steve Baker, Will Carlough, Jacob Fleisher, Patrik Forsberg, Matthew Alec Portenoy, Greg Pritikin, Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko, Elizabeth Wright Shapiro
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken
MPAA Rating: R for strong pervasive crude and sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, language, some violence and drug use
Running Time: 90
Date: 19/03/2013

Movie 43 (2013)

1/2 Star (out of 4)

Bad 'Movie'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Twelve directors came together for this anthology film, with Peter Farrelly taking the connecting, wraparound sequence as well as the first short. It's one of his worst efforts, sinking too far into so-called shocking, vulgar humor and too little into any kind of emotional connection to real-life experiences. Other directors, including Brett Ratner, James Gunn, Rusty Cundieff, and Griffin Dunne don't fare any better.

A screenwriter (Dennis Quaid) pitches several story ideas to a Hollywood executive (Greg Kinnear). Among them is one about a woman (Kate Winslet) who goes on a blind date with a man (Hugh Jackman) who has testicles hanging from his neck. In another story, a couple (Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber) home school their teen son, and try to offer him the humiliations of high school as well as the lessons. In another, a woman asks her boyfriend to "poop" on her during sex. A company has technical issues with its new "iBabe" line of iPods, and an internet date turns into a cruel game of "truth or dare." And so it goes. Does the movie ever get made? Who cares?

The wonderful comic actress Elizabeth Banks makes her directorial debut with her segment, about a teen girl getting her first period, but it's frenetic and cruel and doesn't suggest much of a future for this part of her career. This is the kind of movie that makes you wonder which sequences are the most irresponsible and depraved, and what these talented people were doing involved with such a project. It's so bad, it may even acquire legendary status someday. But then again, maybe not.

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