Charlie Wessler (Dennis Quaid) is a has-been movie producer desperate to sell a movie. So desperate that he holds Griffin Schraeder (Greg Kinnear) at gunpoint, forcing him to buy his movie.
Charlie’s movie is a series of several shorts. (I’m not sure if each short is intended to be its own individual movie pitch, or if the movie is, indeed, the collection of shorts.) Each short is, well, to say “out there,” “completely ridiculous,” or “mildly offensive” is putting it nicely.
For example, the first short features a billionaire, Davis (Hugh Jackman) who is going on a blind date with Beth (Kate Winslet). The caveat is that Davis has testicles on his neck, where one would normally find an Adam’s apple. Davis’ friends and everyone at the restaurant seem to either not notice the necksticles, or not care. The only one who finds it hard to bite her tongue is Beth. As they proceed through their date, several gag-inducing things happen to Davis’ necksticles. Then we move on to the next short.
The pitch goes on for the entirety of the movie. Outrageous short after outrageous short. Until the movie finally reaches self-awareness and the movie ends.
Movie 43 is unlike any movie I have ever seen. It’s like Saturday Night Live on steroids. I guess the best way to describe it is to think of some movie producer going to Twitter and asking the general population to pitch their best movie ideas. That producer then took every idea he/she received, tossing the ones that were semi-legitimate movie premises, and making a movie of what was left. For all I know, this is what they actually did.
What blows my mind is how they got everyone who is relevant in the industry into this “movie.” I get some of them. Seth MacFarlane, Johnny Knoxville, Jason Sudeikis – whom I love, don’t surprise me. At all. But to get big-hitters like Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, and Halle Berry, that’s what is shocking.
Once you have seen Movie 43, you cannot unsee Movie 43. I don’t know how else to put it. You will be appalled from the minute the shorts start, and it won’t end until the credits start. Yet, you will watch the movie all the way through out of sheer morbid curiosity and disbelief. (This is the only reason I would give any recommendation at all to watch the movie. It is available on Netflix, if you want to see it. RedBox won’t refund your $1.68 or give you punitive damages for sitting through it.)
Don’t say you weren’t warned.