'Billion Dollar Movie' is sketchy at worst

Movie review
March 8, 2012 12:01 am
  • Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim take their "Adult Swim" humor to the big screen with "Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie."
    Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim take their "Adult Swim" humor to the big screen with "Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie."
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Cartoon Network alumni Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim bring their awkward, amateurish and lower-than-lowbrow "style" to the big screen with "Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie." It's such an inept exercise in infantilism that you wonder where these guys got the $47.08 it must have cost to shoot it.

For nearly a decade, the comic duo -- a podcast/Web video/stand-up comedy phenomenon -- have been making "Adult Swim" television, and names for themselves within that stoner corner of comedy fandom.

And their "Billion Dollar Movie" is proof positive that having friends is a lot more important than having talent in Hollywood. They have graduated from a TV show littered with guest cameos to a movie that can count Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly among its stars, but barely a laugh in its 94 minutes.


' Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie '

2 1/2 stars = Average
Ratings explained
  • Starring: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum.
  • Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, comic violence and drug use.

It's a sketch-based comedy built around one very long, tedious "bit" about what the guys do to raise the money to pay back the $1 billion a tycoon (Robert Loggia, ancient and ranting) gave them to make a movie.

They blew all that cash on tanning booths, personal stylists and personal assistants. To raise cash, they set themselves up as PR and marketing consultants. They fall for a pitch from a wacko mall operator (Mr. Ferrell) and vow to makeover the "S'Wallow Valley Mall" into a gold mine.

Within this Mad Max mall, there's a cult (led by Ray Wise) that practices group defecation "cleansing" baths, a psychotic sword seller (Will Forte), and Taquito (Mr. Reilly), abandoned in the mall as a child, who lives there in the ruins, amongst the wolves that threaten to take over the joint.


First Published 2012-03-07 23:43:11

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