We pity the poor soul entering the credits for this beast, which boasts 12 directors and stars, in alphabetical order (deep breath), 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.
According to Peter Farrelly, who co-produced the whole thing with regular partner in crime Charlie Wessler, this beast was shot across four years, squeezed around the various performers’ other commitments. Which explains why comedy stalwarts such as Faris and Pratt rub shoulders with people more often found in awards dramas, including Winslet and Berry.
We’re promised a linked series of vignettes including Stone and Culkin as a former couple arguing about their relationship without realising they’re on a supermarket loudspeaker, Berry on a date with Merchant turning up the tension by challenging him to an increasingly crazy game of truth or dare. Or Howard’s basketball coach encouraging his team to make the most of what God gave ‘em. And yes, that is Gerard Butler as a leprechaun. Because... er... Just because.
Movie 43 promises to be both filthy and funny, and hits our screens on February 1.