I decided not to wait until the end of the year to write about a movie I saw back in January, so welcome to my new segment and the first installment of Recently Released Review is Movie 43.
Movie 43 is a new comedy film that resembles The Underground Comedy Movie where the movie is based around short skits design to offend and/or repulse the viewer. If you are not aware of The Underground Comedy Movie it is a low budget straight to DVD film that stared mostly unknows with the occasional familiar name such as the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Slash and Bobby Lee. It was the brain child of Vince "The Shamwow guy" Offer before he decided that infomercials and getting into fights with hookers was an easier path to fame. I'm not sure if the predecessor had any influence in the making of this movie, but they do seem similar.
My initial reaction to this film was to rename it to "Awkward: The Movie" Since the majority of the jokes come from the uncomfortable nature of the subject matter. There seems to be a lot of negative feedback towards this film because crude nature of the skits. That I didn't have a problem with, some would even think this seems tamed compared to a John Water's movie. I don't think these complaints are justified either, after all the filmmakers were upfront about their intentions. The movie was supposed to offend and disgust the audience, if you willingly go to see a movie like that and then get upset that you were offended or disgusted then... well that's on you. My problem was in its journey to gross the audience out while pushing the envelope it forgot to be a comedy movie first. Take somebody like Trey Parker for instance. He can be edgy, gross, offensive, but what he does is also funny and enjoyable to a large number of people.
To be fair there were a few jokes that did hit their marks, but it wasn't consistent enough to over look the shallow shock gags that just kept falling short. It also ran into the classic problem of how to end a skit.The majority go on way too long trying to find a reasonable enough place to finish while others just end abruptly which out of the two choices is much better. The other classic problem that skits have is that they are all shallow entertainment usually inspired by one joke and never get developed beyond that point. So the same joke gets repeated over and over sometimes in new ways, but a lot of times not. Honestly you get more enjoyable skits from Funny Or Die and they too have real celebrities doing raunchy and awkward humor. Like I said there are some good solid jokes in here, but after all you get enough people in a room (funny or not) somebody is bound to spit out a humorous line or two.
I doubt anybody that wanted to see this haven't yet, but if for some reason you are on the fence my recommendation would be wait for Netflix or Redbox. If gross humor isn't your thing then please feel free to skip this one.