Why is it called Movie 43?

I saw the movie more than once, but didn't find what the number 43 means.

  • Maybe it is 42 plus one?
    – Uwe Keim
    Mar 13, 2015 at 14:10
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    You saw it more than once? The horror! The ... horror! Mar 13, 2015 at 17:39

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It means nothing. It was a random pick.

The title of the film, Movie 43—first believed to be referencing the number of actors in the film—actually has no meaning. Farrelly heard his son talking with friends about a film called "Movie 43", but when Farrelly discovered the film did not actually exist, he cribbed the name


I also found this

Q: What exactly does the title, Movie 43, mean? A: According to Wikipedia, the title references one of the sketches in the film where a bunch of teenagers are surfing on the internet looking for a banned movie called Movie 43. Apparently this has to do with the 43rd rule of the Internet, which is that if you search long enough you will find something.


I'm looking and have found internet rules, but 43 isn't "search long enough and you will find something", instead it seems to be "The more beautiful and pure a thing is, the more satisfying it is to corrupt it."

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    I should occasionaly look up...;) It's also worth noting that there's a framing sketch in some countries about a banned movie called that, and the sketches appear on the 43rd search on the result list.
    – Walt
    Mar 13, 2015 at 7:51
  • @Walt I originally had that in my first answer, but took it out since it didn't directly answer the question. Mar 13, 2015 at 7:54
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    Also note we got most of this info from the exact same link the OP posted Mar 13, 2015 at 7:55
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    Seeing as the "Movie 43" is banned and all, shouldn't that have been rule 34? Mar 13, 2015 at 9:45
  • @Angew No, because Rule 34 is, "If it exists, there is porn of it." Rule 43 is a more general rule.
    – MattD
    Mar 13, 2015 at 13:20

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