What. The. 43. [NSFW]

(via Boing Boing) I don't know what's going on here.  I don't know what to think.  I mean, my first thought is "A lot of this looks like it's going to be really offensive and gross."  But, unfortunately for my desire to not have to think too hard about movies I probably won't watch anyway, a lot of the other bits look really funny.

I'm embedding the trailer below, and I want to say again that it's really NSFW.

Right?

I mean, there's like a solid fifteen seconds in there of a dude shouting "You're black!"  But there's also Emma Stone and Mckauley Culkin, and Steven Merchant and Hallie Berry, and the big section about the parents trying to make homeschooling like an awful high school experience could be great.

At best, it looks like this movie could nail the balance of offensiveness and self-awareness, and while that doesn't make the awfulness go away, it can make it a lot less damaging, and sort of double-edged-sword-y in the sense that it can also push the concepts far enough into the absurd that they become points of defense against bigotry.

But that's really hard, and even the people who do it really well are still on rocky terrain.

The next best thing is some of the directors directing some of the chunks (it's directed by loads of different people in small parts) do some really good, funny work, and I just have to sit through crappy, bigoted and offensive jokes in the spaces between those segments.  But that's pretty bad, too, because those segments still help to legitimize that kind of dialog.

And, worst case scenario, which I think is also the most likely, is that it's just terrible, and that all the people involved are using the "Everyone else is doing it!" defense to give each other the chance to be really awful with impunity.

I will be reading some reviews before I decide if I'll actually see it.