Monday, April 2, 2012

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Eric feels the terror of the mall-dwelling wolf in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

*** out of ****

Tim and Eric are an acquired taste. I can't guarantee anyone who's new to Tim and Eric that they will enjoy themselves when subjected to their tolerance-testing insanity. They seem to be focused on making comedy from things that aren't entertaining and it is my guess that they are focused on instinctual humor: It's funny to them so maybe it will be to us.  They love bad special effects, appalling color schemes, bad actors, awkward faces, and throwbacks to all things unwanted and expired. Watching their movie first wouldn't necessarily be any more alienating than watching an episode of their show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! except that it's seven times longer and features Eric getting a 'Prince Albert.'

I imagine that switching from the format of a twelve minute Adult Swim show to a ninety-three-minute movie would be a challenge and they handle it well. The pacing is considerably altered allowing them to draw out some bizarre scenes they couldn't have managed on the time constraints of their show.

The movie takes place in a decrepit mall that looks like it belongs in Escape from New York. Tim and Eric must find a way to profit from the establishment to pay back a tyrannical Billionaire played by Robert Loggia and his minion played by William Atherton. This movie would only please a maniac. I was very pleased.

The movie also contains Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, Ray Wise, John C. Reilly, and bodily fluids of every type. 

The movie embraces stupidity on an unthinkable level and that's what made it really funny to me. The setup involves their debt to Robert Loggia for a billion dollars due to an over-budget movie that only had a few minutes of usable yet moronic footage. That had me laughing already.

I've watched all cinco seasons of the show and while it may have caused a certain amount of brain damage, I'm still aware as a fan that this movie has a very limited audience. Most of them are not old people. Check out Roger Ebert's review!

For a good review, check out the AV Club review.


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