Film: Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
Starring: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
Directed by: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
It may only be January, but the bar absurdity on the big screen has already been set insanely high.
Premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and becoming available via Video On Demand shortly thereafter, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie takes small screen sketch comedy and molds it into a 90-minute, profane-as-can-be romp. The stars, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, find themselves indebted to evil movie producers after spending a billion dollars on a three-minute (hysterically awful) film. They discover a late night ad promising a billion dollars to anyone willing to run the Swallow Valley Mall and find the offer strangely coincidental, but realize they have no other options, and set off on a journey unlike anything you have probably ever seen.
Anyone unfamiliar with Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! will be challenged from the very beginning of the film. Heidecker and Wareheim have openly admitted to making the film for fans of their humor and when you’re as surrealist as them, that is a pretty niche market. From drug use, to genitalia mutilation, to perhaps the most outrageous sex scene ever accepted by the MPAA, they go all out and waste very little time making that known. The film does follow a single storyline, but the duo manage to insert the unique elements of their sketch comedy into the film through a wide array of side characters (including John C. Reilly as “sick boy” and Will Forte as an overly-aggressive sword shop owner) and adventures through various shops/locales.
In the end, one’s opinion of Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie will almost entirely be directly related to how much that viewer “gets” the humor of the leads. As with any skit-based film, some bits work better than others, but Heidecker and Wareheim have gone to great lengths to keep the flow of funny consistant and that makes all the difference in the end.
If you “get it,” you will love it. If you do not, you will hate it. Personally, I have not laughed this hard all year. In fact, at some points I questioned if I had seen or heard anything nearly as funny in months.
Review written by: James Shotwell (Follow him on Twitter).
Here’s a taste of Tim and Eric: