By Molly Grosskreutz
A & E Editor
A & E Assistant Editor
This joint-directed flick is a montage of suggested-then-rejected story lines for once potential movies. Although there are no concrete main characters, as this flick is composed of film shorts, we are continuously channeled back to a desperate writer Charlie Wessler (Dennis Quaid), and hesitant Griffin Schraeder (Greg Kinnean).
This twisted duo is the brains behind sketching out each short film throughout this movie, ranging from an inappropriate relationship between a cat and his master, to an unabashed commentary of how black people are better at basketball than white people. Many familiar A-List actors make their appearances in this film and sure have no shame in making lewd, shameless entrances and exits.
VG: I’m impressed at the underlying messages in this film. Films of this day and age have completely lost their meaning and sentiment, and Movie 43 obnoxiously exemplifies just that. I gathered that Quaid and Kinnean symbolize the fame-hungry, sick-minded and desperate creators out in Hollywood.
MG: Really? I don’t think this movie has any underlying messages. I think it’s trying too hard to be “fun” and insensitive, and its utter disregard for convention is by no means cutting edge. I’m so disappointed that this type of film makes more money than smart Indie flicks.
VG: I was disgusted at nearly everything this film contained. I was shocked to see that a talented line-up of actors would accept a role in this movie. I was fully convinced—not even 15 minutes in to the movie—that said actors’ careers were plummeting, and this film was their scream for help.
MG: I can agree with that. Richard Gere? Josh Duhamel? Kate Winslet!?! Accepting a role for the fun of it is one thing, but these sketches weren’t even funny. Again, I’m just disappointed. In the actors. In the entire crew responsible for this mess.
VG: The obsession our society has is like the white elephant in the room, and this film pointed it out shamelessly—that is, obscenities, vulgarities, and sexual innuendos. I am aware that many ill-motivated individuals would do nearly anything to get their 15 minutes of fame, but the content of this film illustrated it all too precisely… and disturbingly.
MG: For me, there’s a difference between quality films and entertainment. Quality films raise question about the societies in which we live. Entertainment appeals only to our most basic functions as humans, and while I don’t think things need to be serious all the time, this movie has absolutely nothing to offer.
VG: I’m starting to think that I take back ever wanting to have embarked to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a stunning movie star. Movie 43 embodies the insanity that is Hollywood and the actors that thrive there. Film producers pull plot lines from dirty toilets, and the only people they care about casting are those who have outer perfection; good acting and talent is a lost cause.
MG: Having spent a significant amount of time in Hollywood, I disagree. It’s a magical place and a lot of good things happen there. But, yes, beneath its shiny exterior, it is a business, and certain ideas are crazy enough to get made. As for this one, I want that hour and a half of my life back.
VG: Thumbs down
MG: Thumbs down