I think the Farrelly Bros are back. You might think I'm kidding, but I loved The Three Stooges. It's a Stooge movie through and through, completely capturing the spirit of the original shorts. It's not for everybody, but if your taste runs to dumb slapstick, it's a joy.
Now Peter Farrelly is masterminding Movie 43, which is an omnibus comedy film from a bunch of different directors, featuring a murderer's row of mainstream actors in really raunchy skits. The red band trailer, above, sells the thing pretty well - I like what I'm seeing here. And here, direct from the press release, is the list of in-front of the camera talent:
Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet
Gerard Butler, you'll note, plays a leprachaun.
It's weird seeing something like this filled with mainstream talent. It seems like an eternity ago that Kentucky Fried Movie and Can I Do It Till I Need Glasses were totally underground phenomena, and it's obvious that 'offensive' comedy has really become middle of the road. What is even offensive anymore for real? There are baby fucking jokes in the Tony winning show Book of Mormon. I like the humor in the trailer, but are hackneyed 'Black guys have big dicks' jokes really offensive? Have we as a culture hit a post-offensiveness era where actual gross out comedy doesn't offend people, but stupid little things (like calling the Wachowskis 'guys' in a thread on this site) gets folks up in arms? It's hard out there for a shock comic.