Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (R)
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Time Out says
Posted: Fri Feb 24 2012
Forget alt-comedy pranksters; Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are, at heart, L.A. douche bags. At the beginning of Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, the sketch duo are tanned, pierced and perfectly Sunset Strip coiffed. Having been given a cool billion by a film studio's overlords---the Schlaaang Corporation---our would-be stars instead spend their budget on makeovers and a spiritual guru. A blustery exec (Loggia, in scenery-shredding mode) who's hell-bent on revenge sends our boys on the lam, and soon, they're lured to the far-off S'wallow Valley Mall by the promise of a quick buck. Instead of an easy management gig, they inherit an apocalyptic wasteland of a civic center, complete with disturbed mall denizens and, naturally, a wolf who rules the pizza court.
Anyone who ever accidentally flipped to Adult Swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! may sense what's coming: The pair channel their usual gawky public-access personalities, while celebrity cameoing guests (Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, coproducer Will Ferrell) splay their frenetic caricatures across cartoonish scenarios. Unlike the cult TV series, Billion ups the ante by grafting a story onto the gross-out indulgences, all the better to kick standard movie tropes hard in the crotch. Fans will love the funny and subversive moments; anyone who didn't "get" them premakeover may simply feel like they've been sitting in a "brown bath" for 93 minutes. Don't ask.
Author: Matthew Love
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Cast and crew
Eric Wareheim, Tim Heidecker
Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
Jeff Goldblum, Eric Wareheim, Bill A. Jones, Tim Heidecker, Bob Odenkirk