It’s been a really long time since a sketch anthology movie got released in theaters. I’m not some sort of human trivia machine, so I don’t know exactly how long, but let’s just say that it’s been quite a while since somebody showed somebody else their VHS copy of Kentucky Fried Movie in a college dorm room.
The people at Relativity Media are making a big play at bringing the form back though, by recruiting an army of funny filmmakers and a legion of talented actors to put together a new sketch comedy anthology called Movie 43.
Who do they have directing segments of this thing? People like Bob Odenkirk, James Gunn, Elizabeth Banks, Peter Farrelly, and tons others. Who’s starring? People like Halle Berry, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, and many more than can be typed without having your fingers cramp up. This movie cast Gerard Butler as its leprechaun, so you know it’s star-studded.
Is this gamble going to pay off though? Will Movie 43’s extreme star power be enough to get people in the theaters for a series of shorts, a concept that they might not be used to paying money for? Or is the anthology movie a lost art that had its time and place and isn’t likely to come back? Check out the trailer and decide for yourself. Just be warned: this movie is really filthy, and this trailer is very red band.
For those whose interest gets tickled, Movie 43 is set to hit theaters on January 25th. [Comedy Central]