Supposedly, 23 is, like, a really heavy number, man. Robert Anton Wilson wrote about “the 23 enigma” in his Illuminatus trilogy. Julius Caeser was stabbed 23 times. Dr. Pepper has 23 flavors. The Dude bowled on Lane 23 in The Big Lebowski. Michael Jordan wore the number on his jersey. There’s the term “23 Skidoo.” The number even has its own Wikipedia page. And now, it has a movie.
Jim Carrey plays Walter Sparrow, a dogcatcher who becomes obsessed with a crime novel, The Number 23. Convinced it’s about him, he tracks down the author, Topsy Kretts (for "Top Secrets," get it?), who’s in jail for murder. Did Walter actually commit the murder? He seems to think so, despite discouragement from his wife (Virginia Madsen).
Walter attempts to solve the puzzle by circling every 23rd word in the book (pretty OCD, ya think?). Unfortunately, this film is so preposterous that by the time Walter digs up a body in the local cemetery, you really don’t care who did it or why.
Oh, and by the way, 47 has its own Wikipedia page too.
Opens February 23