Movie 43 - Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott
Movie 43 - Happy Birthday segment: Pete (Johnny Knoxville) and Brian (Seann William Scott) © 2011 Movie Productions

Movie 43 is a comedy that sounds like a humourous version of Cloud Atlas except that rather than the cast plays many parts you have many (famous) cast and many directors!

The actual genesis was from the 1977 film Kentucky Fried Movie but that had the cast playing many roles in different segments and one overall director.

To give you an idea of the sort of crazy comedy it is here is the explaination from the producers, Charlie Wessler and Peter Farrelly, of the title Movie 43 for this film…

Movie 43 - Poster
Movie 43 – Poster © 2011 Movie Productions

Charlie Wessler: Tell them where the name Movie 43 came from. Cause it was, for a long time, just called “Farrelly/Wessler Untitled Comedy.” And then one day, Pete calls me up and goes, “I got a title! I got a title!” I go, “What is it?” He says, “Movie 43.”

Peter Farrelly: Oh, yeah. So I’m driving my son and his friends home, and they were about ten, and I’m listening to them talking. And they start going, “Did you see this on the internet? Did you guys ever see ‘Movie 43?’” I perked up, “’Movie 43?’ What’s ‘Movie 43?’

He goes, “Oh, it’s this great movie, it’s online. It’s supposed to be crazy, it’s nuts!” Well, they’d never seen it, and it turned out it didn’t actually exist. But the name stuck in my head.

Charlie Wessler: We talked about it for months. And then Rocky and Jeremy came up with this idea of the kids sitting in a room, and one of them says, “Hey we should see ‘Movie 43.’” So that’s how it came about.

Movie 43 – Trailer

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Movie 43 – Official Information

From the twisted minds of producers Peter Farrelly (Hall Pass, Shallow Hal) and Charles Wessler (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber), comes Movie 43 – the outrageous new ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Movie 43 is not for the easily-offended and contains jaw-dropping, sometimes shockingly disturbing, but always entertaining intertwined storylines you’ll have to see to believe.

Cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Seth MacFarlane, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Dennis Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet (Cast listed in alphabetical order).

Directors Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan Van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn.

Movie 43 – Image gallery

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Movie 43 – Theatrical release dates

US, Canada and UK January 25, 2013
Australia and New Zealand February 7, 2013