'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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One almost-funny bit comes from their first meeting with Mr. Weebs (Mr. Ferrell). He's desperate to save the place, anxious to get them on the job. But the first words out of his mouth aren't over numbers or marketing pitches.

"Wanna watch 'Top Gun'?" Which they do. On VHS.

Badly written and acted inter-movie sketches titled "Understanding your movie" hit on the "themes" of "Billion Dollar Movie" -- "Theme 2, Conflict Resolution."

Then there's the short film the boys were able to make with what they had left from $1 billion, a junky romance starring a Johnny Depp impersonator and written by a loony poet-guru, played by Zach Galifianakis.

The film is framed by commercials for a company that markets a movie-watching chair that includes hypodermic needles that inject you with whatever drug would make your mood match the movie you're watching. "Chef Goldblum" (Jeff Goldblum) stars in those. As subjective as humor is, by nature, I defy anybody to find something funny in any of those bits.

At the center of it all are Mr. Heidecker and Mr. Wareheim, overweight and often under-dressed, vamping up bits about genital jewelry and the like.

The movies have a rich tradition of sketch-based comedies that tweak the very idea of making movies, from "Hellzapoppin" to "Kentucky Fried Movie" to "Hollywood Shuffle." Usually those were born of real ambition and wit. Mr. Wareheim and Mr. Heidecker, like the fellows they play in "Billion Dollar Movie," appear to have cashed the checks and called in big-name friends, with no idea of what to do with either.

Opens Friday at the Hollywood Theater, Dormont.

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

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