A short film anthology with multiple directors
tackling an interconnected story about a group of teens on the Internet
in search of the most banned movie ever, Movie 43 features a
who’s who cast that dares to taunt their own
reputations as celebrated performers in order to push the boundaries for
a good cheap (and dirty) laugh.
Richard Gere takes center stage as Robert Miller, a hedge
fund giant on the verge of a huge professional and personal crash that
will most certainly take down his devoted wife (Susan Sarandon) and
loyal daughter (Brit Marling).
All of the 'Six Degrees of Separation'/Kevin Bacon mental gamesmanship generated by a star-studded ensemble cast could detract from the simple, propulsive narrative drive of a film like 'Brooklyn's Finest,' but director Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day') boldly dares audiences to play the game anyway. And, for the most part, his gambit pays off. It's a fine example of a filmmaker abiding by the law of the streets. Grade: B-plus.