This is my own entry for the 5 Obstructions Blogathon: Obstruction 1. I have chosen to go with a movie I did not like, which is Movie 43 (I don’t suggest anyone to watch it. My real score: 1
It’s been a long time since there has been a movie in which so many famous actors and actresses participate, but in Movie 43 the list of celebrities seems unending. Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Dennis Quaid, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Kieran Culkin, Greg Kinnear, Seth MacFarlane and Richard Gere are just some of the picks for this comedy. Movie audiences have grown to like the Apatow inspired gross out humour and Movie 43 is full of it. The question is, will you be able to enjoy it?
The setup for this movie differs depending on where you see it. According to Wikipedia the version which is available in the U.K. and The Netherlands (which I’ve seen) revolves about a couple of teenagers trying to find the most banned film in the world (even banned in “the country of Amsterdam”) on the internet. In their search for it they find several illegal short movies. As the movie progresses their search turns out to be a threat to the world’s existence. In the version which was shown in the US the various short movies are glued together through a pitch a screenwriter is making for ideas he has. As the short movies can be watched on their own those stories help in making it a cohesive piece.
Will you like it? As you know humour is very personal and not every sketch will be funny to everyone. Personally I thought the Truth or Dare sketch with Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant was hilarious, each trying to outdo each other with dares the other one does not back out of. Another highlight is the sketch called Happy Birthday starring Johnny Knoxville and Sean William Scott. In it Knoxville’s character Pete has caught a leprechaun (a hilarious appearance by Gerard Butler) and is demanding to give his roommate the pot of gold he has. The movie also contains various commercials, one for the iBabe (an MP3 player in the form of a naked woman), one to raise awareness of kids working inside things like ATMs and copiers and one for Tampax (which you could say is a convincing way to get women to buy the brand). Not all sketches work, but as there are several of them, you will quickly be able to see another one. Many might find it all very tasteless and gross, but if you are in the right mood it can be a very funny movie.