The only thing worse than a comedy missing a punchline is a comedy of shorts missing eleven separate punchlines. "Movie 43" is appalling, sleazy, disgusting, and an offense against juvenile humor. Its aim is not to be the least bit clever or acerbic, but to simply gross a person out enough that, hopefully, he or she will be suckered into laughing. Sorry, maybe next time. The brain child of Peter Farrelly (2012's "The Three Stooges"), the film has been in the making for four years, its near-dozen segments shot apart from each other as actors became available, virtually all of them doing a favor for their respective director. The outcome—nothing if not demonstrative of how quickly big-time actors will sign on to a project that already has Kate Winslet (2011's "Contagion") attached—could just be the biggest ensemble of A-listers ever assembled (or until the next Garry Marshall holiday opus one-ups it). Alas, all the talent in Hollywood and beyond couldn't make "Movie 43" watchable. It will, however, go down in infamy, that you can be sure of.
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