Friday Flicks: Why Is Just About Every Star in Hollywood Appearing in Movie 43?

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Movie 43

Tagline: Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.

What the heck is Movie 43 and why are all those movie stars in it? The cast is so huge it’s arguably easier to list the actors not appearing in this comedy, which is basically a series of shorts directed by Peter Farrelly (Of theĀ There’s Something About Mary Farrelly brothers) as well as a dozen others.

The film has taken years to make because Farrelly cast his net far and wide in an effort to snag A-listers such as Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman for the project. Though they expressed interest, the stumbling block, as Farrelly explained to, was that their schedules were so packed, they weren’t available for 18 months. The answer? The producers simply waited them out.

Farrelly directed two of the spots, one of which was the Winslet/Jackman collaboration called “The Catch,” about their blind date. Dating is the subject of his other segment, “Truth or Dare,” featuring Halle Berry and comedian Stephen Merchant (co-creator with Ricky Gervais of the British version of The Office). Who else will we see? Oh, just Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, Dennis Quaid, Emma Stone, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman and Seth MacFarlane.

Farrelly has doubts as to whether it would be a critical hit (“It’s not going to get good reviews, but it’s going to be a huge thing for college kids,” he tells ComingSoon) and reckons it will score a miserly “13 on the Rotten Tomatoes scale.” As it turns out, at this time of writing, there have been no reviews to even give Movie 43 a score. The public will have to decide for themselves.

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