DENNIS SCHWARTZ Movie Reviews

 
TIM & ERIC'S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE (director/writer: Tim Heideker/Eric Wareheim; screenwriters: Jonathan Krisel/Doug Lussenhop/ Jon Mugar; cinematographer: Rachel Morrison; editors: Daniel Haworth/Doug Lussenhop; music: Davin Wood; cast: Tim Heidecker (Himself), Eric Wareheim (Himself), William Atherton (Earle Swinter), Jeff Goldblum (Chef Goldblum), Robert Loggia (Tommy Schlaaang), Ray Wise (Dr. Doon Struts), Zach Galifianakis (Jim Joe Kelly), Twink Caplan (Katie), Will Ferrel (Mall Owner), John C. Reilly (Taquito), Ronnie Rodriguez (Fake Johnny Depp), Will Forte (Allen Bishopman), Michael Gross (narrator); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Adam McKay/Will Ferrell/Chris Henchy/Ben Cosgrove/Todd Wagner/Tim Heidecker/Eric Wareheim, Dave Kneebone/Mugar; Magnolia Pictures; 2012)

"Everything about this amateurishly made unpleasant gross-out comedy stinks and is degrading."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz 

Dreadful attempt at sicko scatological comedy, that's not fit for human consumption. Writers and directors Tim Heideker and Eric Wareheim, weirdo TV cult figures from ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!’, on the Cartoon Network, bring their outlandish bad comedy act to film in their cinematic debut, with cameos from stars such as Jeff Goldblum, Will Ferrel, John C. Reilly and Zach Galifianakis. The fruity spoof tastes like a lemon because it is one.

Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a Hollywood film, but businessman Tommy Schlaaang (Robert Loggia) despises the stupid film and at three-minutes run-time sees no way of recovering his advance. So he sues them for a billion dollars, as allowed in their contract. To pay back the sinister Schlaaang and his menacing enforcer partner Earle Swinton (William Atherton), who threaten physical violence if not paid back, the boys answer a TV ad by despondent mall owner (Will Ferrel), hoping to unload this disaster of a mall, to run the unprofitable Swallow Valley Mall and thereby earn a billion dollars as promised. The Hollywood actors skip town from Schlaaang and reinvent themselves as businessmen, and name their company Dobis P.R.

In the run-down mall, inhabited by homeless squatters, the inept delusional store owners and the demented childlike mall resident Taquito (John C. Reilly), the boys bring their plan to make the mall work, but must overcome obstacles such as the obstinate and angry sword store owner Bishopman (Will Forte) refusing to cooperate, Eric losing focus on his job by falling in love with balloon store owner Katie (Twink Caplan) and Tim taking charge of the used toilet paper store owner's young kid and spending quality time with the kid.

The inane and demented movie recycles characters and subject matter from their TV show, along with commercials that are not funny but are supposed to be. Everything about this amateurishly made unpleasant gross-out comedy stinks and is degrading.

REVIEWED ON 12/7/2012       GRADE: D

Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"

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