Sketch comedy has always been something I have been fond of, especially in film. From Monty Python’s Meaning of Life and And Now For Something Completely Different to Kentucky Fried Movie and Amazon Women on the Moon to the brilliant Woody Allen film Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* (*but were afraid to ask). The latest and probably most star studded addition to the genre is Movie 43.
A washed up Hollywood producer makes a last ditch attempt to get back in the game by pitching his ideas for new films, all starring top Hollywood stars. Among his pitches is the story of a wealthy, good looking businessman who can’t seem to find the right woman. But it might have something to do with the testicles on his neck. A man and woman in love are on the verge of taking their relationship to a new level, but they have very different ideas of what that next level should be. A hi tech gadget company is producing a MP3 player that is shaped and feels like a full sized naked woman. But the placement of the machine’s fan poses a safety hazard to the target audience of teen boys. Superhero Robin just wants to meet someone nice, but while he is on a speed dating night, his partner Batman keeps sabotaging his chances.
Those are just a few of the many outrageous skits in Movie 43 and I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised how well put together this was. There have been many movies like this since the days of Kentucky Fried Movie and Amazon Women on the Moon, but this is the only one in recent memory that really captures that same sense of adult humor fun. All the stars look like they are having a ball including Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Chloe Moretz, Richard Gere, Halle Berry and many more. They are lewd, crude and sometimes gag inducing, but never quite cross that line into disgusting or humorless. And the home release even gives you the option of an alternate cut with a different wraparound story. Pretty cool.
The Blu-ray from eOne is very nice looking, especially for a comedy. Clarity and detail are excellent throughout, color is saturated and natural looking and the dialogue is crystal clear. Comedies like this aren’t usually set up to blow you away quality wise, but Movie 43 is a solid transfer nonetheless.
Now available on Blu-ray and DVD.