This independent comedy anthology co-directed and produced by Peter Farrelly, and written by Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko among others, is called "The Citizen Kane of awful" - with a reason. The film features sixteen different storylines, each one done by a different director, including Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, Will Graham, and Jonathan van Tulleken. When you have an ensemble cast that includes Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Richard Gere, Kristen Bell, and Kate Winslet among others, and the film has a rating of only 4% on RT - there is no way that I'll miss it!
It took almost a decade for this movie to get into production as most studios outright rejected the script without discussing too much. But, it was eventually picked up by Relativity Media for $6 million dollars! The film was shot over a period of several years, as casting wasn't easy - some actors, including George Clooney, immediately declined to take part, while others, such as Richard Gere, attempted to get out of the project.
There is two versions of this movie: The Pitch and The Thread. I watched the second one!
In The Pitch the multiple comedy shorts are presented through an overarching segment titled "The Pitch", in which Charlie Wessler (Dennis Quaid), a mad screenwriter, is attempting to pitch a script to film executive Griffin Schraeder (Greg Kinnear). After revealing several of the stories in his script, Wessler becomes agitated when Schraeder dismisses his outrageous ideas, and he pulls a gun on him and forces him to listen to multiple other stories before making Schraeder consult his manager, Bob Mone (Common), to purchase the film. When they do so, Mone's condescending, there is lots of crazy things happening... and at the end Mone pulls out a gun and shoots Schraeder to death. The segment ends with it being revealed that it is being shot by a camera crew as part of the movie, leading into the final segments.
The alternative version which I prefer and watched, is released in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and differs a lot from the first one. Instead of a pitch, the films are connected by a group of three teenagers searching for the most banned film in the world, Movie 43, which will ultimately lead to the destruction of civilization. Calvin Cutler (Mark L. Young) and his friend J.J. (Adam Cagley) make a video in the style of MTV's Jackass and upload it on YouTube where it instantly reaches over 1,000,000 views. This turns out to be an April Fool's prank from Calvin's younger brother Baxter (Devin Eash) ... Trying to get a revenge they tell Baxter of a film that's so dangerous that it will cause the annihilation of the world and the movie is known as Movie 43...
The movie had no promotion, there was no advanced screening for the critics, title was awful... everyone thought that movie will die quickly! But, Farrelly was optimistic: "Kids, teenagers, 50-somethings who still smoke pot - they're all going to find something here," he asserted. Advertising also took place on the adult website Pornhub. Now, I have to say that I laughed during this movie, and I do not smoke pot... but I have to admit that it was very low humour, the one you think only a person with a low double digits IQ will laugh at... on the other hand, I am not one of them, either...
If you like to see a masterpiece of tastelessness and remember Hugh Jackman as a man with balls hanging of his neck, if you are a YouTube fan, teenager who hates school or any similar category... here is your movie!