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Review: Movie 43

Movie_43_PosterStar power is no match for tasteless, offensive and unfunny comedy.

The “Movie 43” wraparound features Dennis Quaid as a lunatic with an abysmal script who forces Greg Kinnear’s movie producer to buy the piece at gunpoint. Coincidence? Probably not, as almost each and every sketch of this comedy anthology is so silly, nauseating and degrading it seems like the only plausible way the producers could manage to recruit so much top-notch talent.

Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet make it through better than most. Jackman will likely never live down having a pair of testicles dangle from his neck for the sake of this movie, but between the giggle-worthy visual and the duo’s charm, “The Catch” is easily “Movie 43’s” finest few minutes. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber’s “Homeschooled” is another portion that at least respects its leads, but breaks down entirely when the scenario drivels on and right into a strange and unsatisfying conclusion.

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Defending Bad Movies: The Heartbreak Kid

I’ve been defending The Heartbreak Kid ever since it hit theaters back in 2007, however, I didn’t feel comfortable putting my argument in writing until having seen the original film. I’ve come across a handful of reviews and a number of moviegoers who chastise the Farrelly brothers for not having stuck closer to the iconic source material. I thought that perhaps after having seen the 1972 version, I wouldn’t be as eager to sing the update’s praises, but what happened is actually the opposite; seeing the original only made me appreciate the newer version even more.

For those out of the loop, The Heartbreak Kid, both the original and the Farrelly brother’s film, is about a guy who marries a wonderful girl only to learn about a few new quirks while on their honeymoon. Actually, that’s not all he discovers; our leading man finds a new girl, a better girl. Where the films veer in completely opposite directions is in the comedy. Think about past Farrelly films, the best and the worst. There’s Dumb and DumberThere’s Something About MaryShallow Hal and more. What do all of these films have in common? The humor is outrageous and that’s exactly how The Heartbreak Kid remake was approached, which instantly differentiates from the original.

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