by Ryan Rigley
Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way: some people will not enjoy this movie. It definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. With that said, “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” is one of the funniest films of the year by far. Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, of Adult Swim’s “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show: Great Job!”, have never been the most convential comedians. Their sense of humor can be described as “so smart that it seems stupid,” purposefully going out of their way to make the audience feel as strange and uncomfortable as humanly possible.
“Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” tells the story of two friends, Tim and Eric, who receive a billion dollars to make a movie and then squandor it all on “Hollywood makeovers” and fancy living. In order to make their money back, Tim and Eric decide to invest what little they have left into a run-down shopping mall with the hopes that they can revitalize it and finally make a profit. But, of course, things aren’t always as easy as they seem.
This movie is worth seeing for the sole purpose of telling people that you saw it, if nothing more. Here are five key reasons why you should give all of your money to Tim and Eric.
» 5. Anti-Comedy
Much like Andy Kaufman, Tim and Eric thrive on telling jokes that are purposefully un-funny. The fact that the audience is expecting something funny to happen makes it twice as funny when that joke doesn’t happen at all. Instead, Tim and Eric will hit you with something that’s either really disturbing and scary or something that’s so disgusting it’ll have you in tears.
» 4. Super Satire
Unlike “Tim and Eric Awesome Show: Great Job!”, “Billion Dollar Movie” actually looks like a big budget film. Which is hilarious in and of itself being as the actual budget was much less than a billion dollars. This movie does a terrific job of very subtly poking fun at modern day Hollywood tropes and traditions. Even the beginning of the film has an unnaturally long string of fake production company logos, not unlike the fake trailers before 2008’s “Tropic Thunder.”
» 3. Robert Loggia
How Tim and Eric got Robert Loggia to be in this movie remains a mystery. This eldery actor, best known for his roles in “Scarface” and “The Sopranos,” is a seriously scary antagonist to the two bumbling idiots that are Tim and Eric. Loggia, who plays the rich mogul that foolishly lends his billion dollars to Tim and Eric, will stop at nothing to get his money back, going so far as to torture old women and murder young children. It’s funnier — or, at least, more shocking — than it sounds.
» 2. Celebrity Cameos
Robert Loggia isn’t the only big name actor that appears in this film. Comedy powerhouses, such as Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, lend their comedic prowess to the insanity as well. Joining them are long time Tim and Eric collaboraters: John C. Reilly, Will Forte, and Bob Odenkirk. And let’s not forget about Jeff Goldblum, who plays a character named Chef Goldblum.
» 1. SHRIIIIIIIIIIIMM
“Sounds like shrim-p.” Fans of the show will be happy to know that Tim and Eric’s signature style of editing, quick-cuts and awkward video transistions, comes into play in huge way for the movie. Although the majority of the film has a straightforward narrative, there are a ton of various cutaways and fake commercials that are reminiscent of the sketches on “Tim and Eric Awesome Show: Great Job!”, which feature average looking people that are clearly not professional actors. Hilarity ensues.
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