Review: Movie 43

Movie 43
Richard Gere reads our minds in Movie 43.

Is this the worst film of the 21st Century?
Rating: ZERO

Multi-starrers are generally viewed as a money-making machine. The genre for this is always comedy and the audience is international. Whether it’s a handful actors behaving like monkeys in Priyadarshan films or a group of cons pulling off an Oceans Eleven-like heist, multi-starrers are predominantly built on how big the fan base is. Multi-starrers also led to the creation of rat packs (60s), frat packs (80s) and then brat packs (90s-00s).

The original Oceans Eleven not only starred rat packers Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis. Jr. and Joey Bishop, but also had cameos from Cesar Romero, Buddy Lester and Shirley MacLaine. The 2001 remake also claimed top prize with a glorious cast of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia to start with.

Having said that Movie 43 is a tasteless film that unites a huge star cast through a series of hapless and sexually disgusting vignettes. The whole film is co-directed and produced by Peter Farrelly, who has traveled a long distance from There’s Something About Mary, which clearly remains the best comedy film from the Farrelly brothers. The cast ensemble includes prominent names such as Hugh Jackman, Kate WInslet, Richard Gere, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Uma Thurman, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Naomi Watts and Jason Sudeikis.

From the moment you see a pair of testicles hanging beneath Jackman’s chin, you realize this is gonna be a weird ride. The best you can do is get out of the cinema and watch Iron Man 3 instead. Movie 43 puts you through a cinematic catastrophe that’s gonna haunt you forever if you continue watching it.

The actors perform blithely, grabbing hold of the 15 minutes given to them and doing the most they could to turn this movie into a bigger nightmare. Whether it’s Anna Faris’ lust for poop or Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant’s kiddish truth or dare moments, Movie 43 is garbage that even the municipality will ignore to clean up. Imagine a dog messes up your carpet and you casually walk by it every day without the slightest interest to clean it.

Movie 43 reminded me of another multi-starrer Couples Retreat which starred Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Justin Bateman. That film had a paper thin storyline blown out of proportions to make a 100-minute junk. I’d watch that or even a combination of Madea films to avoid Movie 43.

Gore, violence, unwanted nudity and tasteless vulgarity are some of the elements Movie 43 is made of. I’m pretty sure you can figure out the rest upon reading this review.


Review: Couples Retreat

Not A Safe Place For Couples

Couples Retreat (PG-13)

Director: Peter Billingsley

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Jason Bateman, Malin Akerman, Kristen Davis, Kristen Bell and Jean Reno

Genre: Comedy

Rating: *

So, Jason and Cynthia have an eight-year relationship where they haven’t conceived so far. Now, they are on the verge of divorce when they decide to go to a Holiday resort in the islands of Bora Bora which offers couple retreat therapies. But, it is expensive for ONE couple and so, they book a package for FOUR couples. They convince their friends, Dave and Ronnie, Joey and Lucy and the recently divorced Shane who is now with a 20-year old girlfriend to join them so that, they can spend less. Well, my first question is, if you’re not interested, why do you go? My second question, what kind of a nut organized that place?

The so-called Eden Resort is more like a tough and demeaning hostel. The couples are forced to attend therapy sessions. And since day one, the four find differences. The females dump the males for the hyper-humane yoga trainer while the men decide to hop around with masseurs and other bikini girls. Returning to the screen is American A-class family’s favorite comedy star (no, not Jim Carrey), Vince Vaughn who along with Jon Favreau writes the screenplay which is quite a sitcom formulaic episode.

Another thing to notice is the fresh-face female cast – Malin Akerman, Kristen Davis and Kristen Bell. Akerman tries to cope up with Vaughn’s comic timings but puts up a good show. Kristen Davis as the old and tired wife to Favreau does trail behind a lot while Kristen Bell sticks to the script and plays her role well. Jean Reno plays Monsieur Marcel, the founder of Eden Resort. Well, Reno isn’t used to comedy movies unlike Pink Panther. But, this is a little weird for the French who tries his best to poison and kill English words with his foreign accent.

Despite the stumbles in their relationship, the four couples finally make it right in the end. Hey, doesn’t this happen in every other ‘couples’ film? Well I have to nod my head to this. But, every film has a feel embedded in the core of the script which I have found missing in Couples Retreat.But, timely humor saves the day for this big-budget nothing. The film is at all for the Vaughn fans. But, beware of those junky one-liners! And, kids can be really messy.

The film is packed with more comedy, less romance and a little sitcom drama in the end. But, this surely isn’t failing to entertain if that’s what you want. But, keep an eye on the inflating price of the movie ticket.