Movie Review: “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”

Written by Shawn Lotte February 21, 2012

“If I were to praise this movie on anything, its shear balls-y-ness. Seriously, this movie does not give a shit whether you like it or not.”

Right off the top I want to say that if you’re reading this review then you probably know what, or who, Tim and Eric is. I, having just begun my journey into the world of Tim and Eric, knew very little going into this movie, and with that in mind I can say that I didn’t hate this movie, but I didn’t love it.

Let’s get right into it, shall we? Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are two “comedians” who for the last few years have been making short television shows for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim channel. First, the two created a show called “Tom Goes to The Mayor,” which focuses on Tim Heidecker’s character Tom Peters as he well…goes to the mayor. The show featured numerous guests such as Bob Odenkirk, Zach Galifanakis, and Jeff Goldblum, to name a few. The show was cancelled, or as Tim Heidecker said in an audio commentary that they were told, “that’s enough of that.”

The two went on to create a bizarre sketch comedy show called “Tim and Eric Awesome Show Good Job,” which has been on the air for 52 episodes. From there the two have made many friends in high places and thought that it was time to make a movie surrounding the characters and ideas of the show; thus Tim and Eric’s Billion-Dollar Movie was born.

Ummm yeah. Get it? No? Well you're not alone.

What the fuck is this movie about? I don’t know. Well I do, sort of, and I’m going to summarize it for you as best as I can. Here we go: The movie begins with Tim and Eric having made a movie for a billion dollars, but the problem is they spent all the money on themselves and made a 3-minute movie staring Johnny Depp. The movie was shit, and Johnny Depp was actually an impersonator (good luck telling the difference). The Schlaaang Company, who financed the film, is really pissed and wants to kill Tim and Eric. The boys flee to a town called S’wallow Valley where they open a mall in the hopes of gaining the billion dollars back. The mall is a rat’s nest and it’s up to the boys to restore it so that they can make their money.

Got all that?

Here’s what worked: I would say this movie is 75% funny and ranges from SUPER FUNNY to “meh.” I found myself more intrigued at what was coming next, in terms of bizarreness, rather than the jokes themselves. There is one really funny bit involving Will Ferrell’s character Mr. Weebs who continues to ask the boys if they want to watch Top Gun, only to watch it… and then he asks again. Other notable jokes include Ray Wise’s disgusting “shrim” clinic, and John C. Reilly’s Taquito character that always appears to be sick and dying.

 

If I were to praise this movie on anything, it’s shear balls-y-ness. Seriously, this movie does not give a shit whether you like it or not. Incidentally, during the screening for this movie at Sundance people were walking out outraged by what they saw on screen. When the Q&A happened after the movie both Tim and Eric were delighted at how much the audience did not like the movie. I don’t know what that means in terms of recommending it but if you like how polarizing the show is then you’ll be right at home with this movie.

Unfortunately this movie is flawed out the ass. Most of it is to the movie’s credit, but there are some glaring problems that will upset any film-goer. The biggest problem I saw was lack of anything grounded. Granted the television show virtually has no narrative structure, and the movie does attempt to tell a “story,” but it’s often derailed for non-sequiturs and obtrusive jokes. This isn’t entirely bad because I believe this is where Tim and Eric succeed in making with the funny, but what this type of humour leads to is an untrustworthy narrative where it’s hard to believe what you’re watching is a part of the movie’s plot or just a gag.

The movie’s other big problem is its confusion between strangeness and funny. What I mean is that sometimes what Tim and Eric think is funny is just strange and isn’t funny, even boring. An example of this occurs when Tim and Eric’s mothers are taken hostage and tortured by the owner of the Schlaaang Company who is played by Robert Loggia (he’s a Oscar-nominated actor). During these moments the actors just act all sorts of crazy and the two ladies just act… well… bland. I don’t know what these scenes were supposed to do. They weren’t funny, they were all kinds of awkward, although I think that’s what Tim and Eric wanted.

Let’s wrap this up so I can get some food. Overall I wouldn’t say I hate this movie, in fact, I kind of liked it, but the truth is you will probably hate it. The only thing I can say for sure is that you will be confused. Some moments are funny like anything with Will Forte, but other moments are just plain weird like the ending. If you like the show then by all means watch the movie, if you have never heard of the show then don’t see this movie until you’ve seen the a couple of episodes; concurrently HMV is selling season 1 for $10. You’re welcome.

Love,

Shawn Lotte

My Rating: 6.5/10

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