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Under normal circumstances, I would never even look into a movie with such hate towards it. However, what if I told you that the movie is secretly genius, and hid its genius in plain sight.
The movie, aptly named Movie 43, is actually an anagram for Movie 34, referring to Rule #34 of the Internet:
Rule #34: "There is porn of it. No exceptions."
This is where the truth of this movie actually takes shape, but in order to understand the secret genius about this movie, you need to know what it is about.
Interestingly, there are two entirely different versions of the main overarching plot of the movie, meaning there are two distinct films under this name, and each has the same general idea, but the way the stories tie together is different. Both versions of the movie prove my point about this movie's true hidden goal: to satirize perversions. I know this review might sound preachy, but just take my word and read, you may very well end up agreeing with me.
First a synopsis of the overarching plots...
Version #1: A mad screenwriter breaks into a studio with a gun and demands people listen to his awful pitch ideas. He also forces one man to commit sex acts at gunpoint. However, this is revealed to be a movie within a movie.
Version #2: Two morons are angry at their teen associate. They try to get his computer destroyed by downloading tons of porn, while distracting him with a lie that there is a secret "Movie 43" that is being hidden by the government. They quickly realize that the lie they made actually coincides with reality, and discover that it is a lost secret trigger video to force citizenry to become mindless soldiers during a war.
Now, why are those two so important to my argument? Well, in both cases, perversions of the people in the main skit is being forced into the scenarios between. One man is pushing perverse ideas on people for social recognition, while the other trio is seeking perversions for personal satisfaction. Sound familiar? Perhaps you have seen a certain comic.
People pushing their fetishes on others are a longtime thing us nerds have dealt with. There is always that one guy who demands you see this one horrible hentai or echi anime that he likes. There is always this one idiot who demands you read Made in Abyss, while they downplay the very clear pedophilia stuff in the series. Sometimes you fall for it, sometimes you don't, but these people pander their perversions to you in hopes that you will accept how awful they are being and grant them support for their disturbed sexual aspects. This is exactly what Movie 43 is mocking. The entire movie is making fun of perversions, and does so in sequence.
Interestingly, each skit touches on two separate topics, using one aspect of social bounds to define one perversion in each skit. No, the names I give them are not the real names of the skits.
Opening: Setup of the overarching perverts.
I have explained this, let's move on. However, I want to readdress this movie later on at the end.
First Skit: Ball chin
This one skit is clearly a sex joke about how some guy is creepy in an explicit way. Sure, the balls on the chin are obvious, but the things done in this are straight up pedo territory. The two subjects are the obvious sexual elephant in the room and indecent acts with a child. In both cases, the scrotum is the issue at hand. Pun intended.
Second Skit: The dump to help a marriage
This one touches on two separate subjects. The fists is trying new stuff in the bedroom to keep a marriage together. The second is poo.
Third Skit: Dirty subjects in the market
Okay, this one is actually one of the most subtle ones, and is surprisingly subtle with the subtext. Some is less subtle, but this is all about how people try to convey dirty messages and innuendo. For instance, the woman carries a cart of toys to the register. Yes, they are toys, and not anything explicit, but they are "toys". Yeah, there is a lot of subtext in this one. The skit is about dirty talk, but also about use of items in the bedroom.
Fourth Skit: Superheroes
Seriously, this entire skit is parodying DC superheroes. The fetish arguments are obvious. Interestingly, the social context is about bad wingmen on dates. It is very straightforward.
Fifth Skit: WaifuBot
Some use computers for porn, some use human-sized dolls. This combines those things, and melds them under the social construct of people trying to market a product from within the supply side of perversions. However, it does so by being a sexist work environment where several men are trying to pretend they are pushing a legit product, when they are secretly all perverts.
This is built on the social construct of men not understanding female body functions. This skit is also about the "big talk". The perversion in this case is not really a thing so much as far as I can tell, as this is more about the social drama. It is somewhat the odd one out among the skits, as it has more to do with romance being destroyed my comical misunderstanding than a fetish, although I am certain someone can read into it due to the PMS jokes and such.
BDSM and Midgets. That is what this is about. Both of these fetishes have two things in common: power and dehumanization. The S hurts, the M is hurt. This is a torture story where they beat a leprechaun for his gold.
Eighth: Body image
This one is built around the social construct of interracial relations. The implications though are all about plastic surgery being used to attain a better sex life, even thought the wife is already beautiful.
Ninth: basketball players
Long black men. That is this skit. It is also built around the social construct of inferiority complexes.
Post Credit Skit: The cartoon housecat
This one is about pets and bestiality. The social construct is the fear that her husband is cheating on her or is going to.
Now, for the arching plot.
First the perv trio. Them being perverts ends the world. The only one of them successful in the future is the younger one who is skilled and not a moron.
As for the movie pitch. He makes the awful movie of his dreams as the skit in between is just another skit for the movie... because all of them are sellouts... wait... that feels familiar... there was another series that did something about this... that used perversions and selling out... and the lure of fame... it cannot be...
Episode #2 of Black Mirror:
"Fifteen Million Merits"
I would not say it is the same as Movie 43, but it deals with a lot of the issues, in a much more serious and dramatic way.
I would suggest to never ever watch this movie. I had to skip around at some parts because darn there was some sick stuff I did not want to see.
This movie is horrible and meant to be so. However, this movie is also a stab at the perverts pushing their perversions into places where nobody wants it but them. This movie is art at its most stabbing, which is so horrible that almost nobody can enjoy it.
One last bit as a cleanser...
RedLetterMedia noticed some things about another movie that was hated almost unanimously. That movie is also awful, but them noticing it makes it fascinating as a subject for analysis.