Review of Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
on 2012-05-13 10:48
Movie Review: "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" --
Length: 93 minutes
Release Date: March 2, 2012
Directed by: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim
Star Rating: 2 out of 5
"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" is a funny comedy from the creators of the television show "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" The show ran from 2007 to 2010 on the Cartoon Network. The movie shows the exploits of the two men after they receive a large amount of money. Fans of the show will recognize some of the famous celebrities who appeared on the television show.
Tim (Tim Heidecker) and Eric (Eric Wareheim) meet with the Schlaaang Corporation in the hopes of making a film. The company gives the men $1 billion with the understanding that the duo will make the best movie in the world. Instead of spending a single dime on the picture, the two manage to quickly lose all the money.
Tim and Eric decide that they need to make the money back before the company discovers the truth. They run away from home, leaving behind all their friends and family. After trying a few different money-making opportunities, the guys are ready to give up and face the company head on. At the last minute, they stumble across a shopping mall that is down on its luck and about to close because of money problems.
The two men decide to take control of the mall, make it profitable again, and go home with all the money they owe. Though it seems like an easy job at first, they quickly discover why the mall has so many problems. The shops are full of crazy people, shops that no one wants, and workers who scare away customers. They also discover that the food court is home to a wolf with a taste for human blood. All they wanted was the chance to make money, but Tim and Eric are about to discover how hard it is to run a mall.
Anyone who was a fan of the television show will get a kick out of "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie." Some of the most popular guest stars from the show make cameo appearances in the movie, and several actors have leading roles in the film. Zach Galifianakis ("The Muppets," "The Hangover") appears as Jim Joe Kelly, while Will Ferrell ("Anchorman," "The Other Guys") turns up as Damien Weebs.
Several well-known actors appear in the movie, including Jeff Goldblum ("Jurassic Park," "Independence Day") and John C. Reilly ("Cedar Rapids," "Step Brothers"). Will Forte ("MacGruber," "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy") and Bob Odenkirk ("Take Me Home Tonight," "The Brothers Solomon") also have small roles in the film. Those who pay attention will also see Erica Durance (Smallville) and Ray Wise ("X-Men: First Class," "Black Velvet").
"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" almost seems like an excuse for the duo to make a movie similar to their previous television show. Those who liked the show will undoubtedly enjoy the movie, but those who have never watched the show before might find the humor slightly offtrack. The movie provides some solid laughs, but the laughs usually come from the background and secondary characters.
The movie, at times, has an almost frantic feeling because it shoots from one idea to the next without explanation. The storyline may seem a little slow at first, but it gets significantly better once the mall characters are introduced. Michael Gross ("Tremors," "100 Million BC) does a good job of keeping the film on track by providing the narration for the movie. His narration explains why the characters do certain things and provides the internal thoughts for the characters.
The real reasons to watch this movie are Reilly and Goldblum, who steal nearly every scene they appear in. Viewers will be eagerly awaiting their next scenes. Durance is also interesting in her role as the French waitress. Durance has little experience in the film world, but after seeing her here, viewers will want to see her again.
"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" touches on a few themes, including loneliness and consumerism. Tim and Eric know that people love shopping, but they do not know how to get more people into the mall. They miss their old lives, but they learn to adjust to their new lives because of the people they meet in the mall. The actors manage to introduce these themes in new and funny ways.
The movie has enough laughs and funny moments to make most fans enjoy their visit to this shopping mall.