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Peter Farrelly's new film ticks every gross-out box

"Prepare for a motion picture experience that's unforgivable!" warns the trailer for Movie 43. Out on Friday, in a week dominated by seriousface Oscar fare, it's a bold marketing gambit, and one that requires a certain amount of "bad meaning good" cognizance to fully appreciate, It's also a window into the irreverent sensibility of the genre to which Movie 43 so gleefully subscribes: gross-out.

Though its roots date back to cinema's earliest days (1), the gross-out genre blossomed in the wake of John Landis's 1978 comedy Animal House. Grossing (*snort*) more than 70 times its production cost, the film spawned a deluge of low-budget, -brow and -inhibition comedies, all eager to replicate its unlikely success. Some did (the Porky's franchise ran and ran) and some didn't (anyone remember Squeeze Play?) but together they revelled in pushing the boundaries of cinematic decency and audience stamina. »

- Charlie Lyne

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