Tanner Reviews Movie 43

215px-Movie_43_posterIt has been a year now… A year since the release of what is without a doubt one of the worst movies ever made. I heard of how horrendous Movie 43 when it first came out in January of 2013. But in my mind I simply could not believe what I was hearing from other critics. Exaggeration sometimes comes with the territory when dealing with critics, I’ll admit it. So when I was reading ‘one of the worst movies ever made.’ I had a hard time believing the rumors… And then I saw it… It took me a long time to see it but by the time it popped up on Netflix I gave it a go and after seeing it… Yeah this abomination is easily one of the worst films ever made period. Even then I feel like the term ‘worst film ever made’ does not quite do it justice. Please trust me when I say with no hyperbole… This is honestly one of the worst movies ever.

Movie 43 is a collection of short stories directed and acted by people who I can only assume were being extorted by producer Peter Farrelly. The stories are set up within another story known as “The Pitch” in which Charlie Wessler (Dennis Quaid) attempts to pitch several stories to movie executive Griffin Schraeder (Greg Kinnear). It covers a total of fifteen different skits all of which include actors and actresses such as Liev Schreiber, Kate Winslet, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Chloe Grace Moretz, Johnny Knoxsville, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, and Julianne Moore. The skits range from horrible Tampax commercials, crude humor such as testicles on a persons neck, a nude sex toy known as the iBabe, raunchy sexual jokes, a strange superhero speed dating episode involving several DC Comics characters, and a skit where a woman and a cat attempt to murder each other for the affection of some guy. I honestly cannot make this shit up. This is what Movie 43 is about! This movie exists and it baffles me to no end to know that it exists!

Raunchy Humor for the Sake of Raunchy Humor… Which Everyone Has Gotten Sick of Watching

If there is anything the recent years of comedy has taught us is that people are just sick and tired of the raunchy low brow humor that films like this produce. It was for a little while that movies like Scary Movie and Disaster Movie were popular mainly among the young teenage crowd and people who have very poor taste in comedy. But over the years this type of comedy has luckily fallen out of favor. Producers keep trying to push the raunchy humor several times and now each time they are a failure among critics and audiences alike.

Movie 43 is one of the worst culprits of this. The comedy is very low brow humor focusing on childish things like having balls attached to their chin, a cat masturbating to their owner, poor sexual humor, and so forth. None of this is even remotely funny and just comes across as crude and ignorant.  I am very happy that films like this are no longer making the money that they used to.

The Implications and How Farrelly and Wessler Obtained the Cast

Now this is another area outside of the film that just feels dirty and underhanded. This film was clearly made for cheap, but at the same time was able to wrangle not just A List Actors, but Top of the Line A List Actors! When you are recruiting the likes of Richard Gere, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Gerard Butler to be apart of your 90 minute long smut comedy then something just doesn’t smell right.

It turns out a lot of these actors and actresses are friends of Wessler and Farrelly and were asked to act in the short for scale pay and would wait long enough for some of these actors and actresses schedules to clear up so they could shoot the short. Peter Farrelly was quoted saying, “They clearly wanted out!” judged 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.”

So in other words once these actors were recruited to do a short for little pay, they were then practically extorted these people just so they could film their smut comedy. If you want to make a horrendous raunchy comedy that is fine. But to extort your friends into being a film they clearly didn’t want to be in… That is a whole new level of low.

There Does Seem to be a Message That is Trying to be Portrayed… Which Makes Everything Worse

It is one thing to make a raunchy comedy movie for the sake of being raunchy and low brow. There are fans of that kind of humor out there. I get it… This is the reason that movies like Scary Movie and all of the other abominations exist. They are by all means horrendous movies. But there is something that sets Movie 43 apart from them and that is the fact that by the style of the movie, it would appear that Movie 43 is actually trying to tell some kind of a story… But what that is, is lost on me. The fact that all of these skits is set to a screenwriter Charlie Wessler pitching these scripts to a producer and with statements like ‘the biggest film since Howard the Duck’ which leads me to believe that the fact that this film was so horrendous… Is because it was intentional.

But then you are left with fundamental questions like… Why and What for? If this film was meant to be more than just raunchy low brow skit comedy, what was the message they were trying to get across? That being a movie producer is hard because you have to sift through a bunch of shit before you find something even remarkably decent? An attack on Hollywood Screenwriters in general? There is something there, something more but it is too obscured. This film is trying to say something but I and from what I’ve seen everyone else does not know what that message is supposed to be. It is because of this that it makes the movie that much worse! If it was just some raunchy comedy movie like a Disaster Movie the film would still be panned by critics, but would not have received the universal derision and stigma of “One of the Worst Films of All Time” if it was not for the fact that it clearly was trying to say something. But what that is, I will never know.


I do not know what the hell was going through these people’s minds when they came up with the idea of Movie 43. There is clearly a thought in there, if not then we would have just got another Scary Movie. Something had to have been thought up… But whatever it is is lost on me. This is a terrible comedy, a terrible movie, and deserves the title of one of the worst films ever made. If I could give a negative score to a film, this would be the one I would give it to.

Final Score 0/5

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