Movie 43

Character: Beth
Created by: Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko and others
Directed by: Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne and others
Written by: Steve Baker, Ricky Blitt, Will Carlough, Tobias Carlson, Jacob Fleisher, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn and others
Produced by: Charles B. Wessler, John Penotti, Peter Farrelly, Ryan Kavanaugh
Other cast: Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Dennis Quaid, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere and others
Release date: January 25, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Running time: 98 minutes

Ineffectual, 'has-been' film-maker (Dennis Quaid) swindles his way into an interview with a film executive (Greg Kinnear) in order to pitch an outrageous and controversial comedy manuscript. After pitching the first of his thirteen offbeat fables, the dejected artist forces the rest of his disjointed allegory on the executive at gunpoint. He tells stories of a woman on a blind date with a man who has testicles growing from his neck, in another a smitten woman offers her neck to her boyfriend to 'poop' on -as a sign of commitment and love. In yet another two parents take home-schooling to a whole new level of indecency, striving to give their isolated teenage son all the 'regular' torment and humiliation of puberty by bullying, peer-pressuring and even seducing him themselves. An off-beat, elephant-in-the-room type film.

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The movie was filmed over a span of four years. Production took so long because filming had to be done around the actors’ busy schedules. The segment with Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman was the first to be filmed, and producer Charles B. Wessler used it to secure the financing for the rest of the movie. He called in a lot of favors to get as many high-profile actors as possible for the other short films, most of them willing to work for a few days on something unconventional. However, almost none of the actors knew completely what the other segments were about, or how the full movie would be. When it came out, none of the major actors wanted to promote it.

Kate Winslet reportedly wanted to do a segment that showcased an ear on her back.

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