- Movie Review :
- Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
Two guys get a billion dollars to make a movie, only to watch their dream run off course. In order to make the money back, they then attempt to revitalize a failing shopping mall.
Hello Tim. Hello Eric.
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is a rather complicated film. The complicated comedic dynamics and complicated repulsiveness witness during comedy sketches leaves me to wonder just how Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie should even be considered intently funny. Admitting that I have seen an extreme few of Tim and Eric comedy skits on Adult Swim‘s late-night programming, and barely stomached through the multitude of fake commercials, weird animations, and strangely unknown actors–and somehow they managed to make an extended 90+ minute movie based on nearly 12-minutes sketch comedy. In short, that purposely awful show shocks me.
It isn’t surprising that Tim and Eric has amassed a cult following based on what they do best–deliberately bad comedy. They are geniuses at it actually. The premise of the film is that they were give a cool billion dollars to make a movie the Schlaaang Corp. Of course in Tim and Eric fashion they blew the money on a Johnny Depp (Ronnie Rodriguez) impersonator (they believed him to be the real deal); and giving spiritual guru Jim Joe Kelly (Zach Galifianakis) $500,000 a week is in itself, bizarre.
Despite the enormous billion dollar budget, they were only able to put together a 3-minute ‘promo,’ underwent extensive make-overs, helicopter rides, and real diamonds for the Diamond Jim Diamond suit.
After several threatening letters from Schlaaang corporation, they finally decided to find a way to pay the money back. The situation starts getting really serious when Tim and Eric are held hostage and roughhoused by Tommy Schlaaang (Robert Loggia) and Earle Swinton (William Atherton). I could go into a slew of vulgar descriptions, but I’d rather not.
Luckily, they are afforded an opportunity to rehabilitate the bankrupt Swallow Valley mall for a billion dollar payday. As new managers, they have to revive a mall filled with vagrants, save it from a man-eating wolf, and its bizarre store outlets; the place is in bad shape. Then there is Taquito (John C. Reilly) who lives in the mall and is a disturbing bumbling and dirty character who spits, snots–just eww. There’s a guy who sells used toilet paper–used toilet paper. That’s just wrong.
My friends, I will have to stop here; it is almost surrealistic to even be able to describe this movie. What is even more shocking–they intended for the film to be depicted in this manner. I had a hard time in trying to review it. For what it is worth, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is strictly for their most loyal fans. Much as it pains me to say this–the film does have a solid plot to it regardless of how dumb it really is.
I endured the film to the very end and overall after watching the one too many repetitive commercials the hilarity started to rub off on me–the actually hilarious and numerous on-screen cameos by Will Ferrell, Jeff Goldblum, John C. Reilly, Will Forte, and even the fake Johnny Depp were “just enough to mention” scenes where I actually laughed. Tim and Eric has a knack in finding something that will cause even the staunchest non-fan to snicker a time or two.
The film will make you laugh and gag in an unsettling way.
- editor rating2
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