NOT RECOMMENDED: The Farrely Brothers are the Weezer of filmmaking: They started out relatively strong, but since then have released the same lowest common denominator crap almost yearly, with no signs of switching that system up. That being said, the Peter Farrelly produced/partially-directed Film 43 has us very, very confused. Here is an incomplete list of the people we like/respect involved with this film: Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Winslet, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone, Jack McBrayer, Jason Sudeikis, John Hodgman, Halle Berry, and Stephen Merchant. Yet, we are almost certain that this film will be terrible (Movie 43 was not widely screened for critics, which has never been a good sign, and maintains a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes).
What looks to be a collection of shorts that by all accounts lack the humor and wit of even the unfunniest of Funny or Die shorts (which are free online) is hitting wide release during the dry season of the film year, with little promotion other than non-stop ads running on Comedy Central and Spike TV. Farrelly must have some kind of crazy dirt on all of these people, maybe even including the film’s two credited “Product Placement Coordinators.” So, we humbly ask that you do what we do, and at the end of this sentence wipe the memory of Movie 43 ever existing from our minds. What’s that?
ALSO NEW IN THEATERS: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which really shouldn’t exist; Parker, in which Jason Statham does what Jason Statham does; Quartet, Dustin Hoffman‘s award-nominated directorial effort, playing at AMC Hamilton, Ritz Five, Rave Ritz Center, Ambler Theatre, and County Theatre Doylestown; and Amour, the Best Picture nominated French film playing at the Ritz Five & Rave Ritz Center.