Peter Farrelly addresses Movie 43 critics

News Simon Brew 30 Jan 2013 - 07:12

The critics of Movie 43 should "lighten up" says Peter Farrelly, as he defends the film from the reaction it got...

With no press screenings in the UK or US that we know of, Movie 43 arrived in cinemas last weekend, and promptly got savaged by the critics. Furthermore, the box office returns were similarly poor, with the US take for the film being just shy of $5m (it took £800,000 in the UK). The film's Rotten Tomatoes score stands at just 4%.

Peter Farrelly, one of those behind the film, has now taken to Twitter to defend it though. Specifically, he's got a message for the film critics who have been having their say about the film over the past few days. "To the critics: Movie 43 is not the end of the world. It's just a $6-million movie where we tried to do something different. Now back off.", he Tweeted. He then added that "You always complain that Hollywood never gives you new stuff, and then when you get it, you flip out. Lighten up".

They're words that are likely to fall on deaf ears, if the feedback from both critics and moviegoers is anything to go by so far. We've yet to meet anyway who warmed to Movie 43, with the general consensus being that one or two sketches hit, the rest miss, and miss hard.

But Farrelly may well have the last laugh here. The film's small budget is likely to mean Movie 43 turns a profit, and it can hardly be described as the box office bomb some are calling it, even if the takings have been below expectations. At this rate, there may yet be scope for a similar project in the future.

For now though, Peter Farrelly's Twitter feed can be found here.

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