Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is an interesting movie. On one hand, it’s one of the worst movies you’ll witness this year, and on the other hand it’s actually a pretty good little picture. T&EBDM (as it will be abbreviated) is based on a sketch comedy show from the Cartoon Network shown during their Adult Swim time frame called Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Greta Job!. It stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. The show often has famous guest stars show up, with regulars including Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte, etc. The show has a running time of 11 minutes an episode, and 5 season (50 episodes) has aired so far. Somewhere along the way, some studio thought it would be a good idea to turn this 11 minute sketch show into a 94 minute movie. That idea wasn’t the best one.
Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie. The movie they make turns out to be an awful film and they are told that their contract states that they have to pay back the entire billion dollars. They are trying to figure out how to do this, and one day they are in a public bathroom and see a commercial on tv to run a mall and make a billion dollars. They decide to embark on this quest to turn a profit at this mall and pay back the investors (Robert Logia and William Atherton). Along the way Eric falls in love with one of the store owners (Clueless‘ Twink Caplan). There is some resistance from another owner (Will Forte). Eric and Katie (Twink Caplan) go on a date and Tim gives Eric Spanish fly to give to Katie. He takes it himself instead, but quickly we see that it’s not Spanish fly. Eric starts going crazy and Katie bring him back to the mall. There is a spiritual store she takes Eric to so he can be cleansed. The owner of that store, Dr. Doone Struts (Ray Wise) bring Eric to a bathtub. This was one of the most disgusting scenes that might make it on to film this year. After being put in the bathtub, Dr. Struts brings in a group of boys and they proceed to fill the bathtub with diarrhea to make Eric feel better.
On one hand, all the gross out humor and forced jokes make this movie hard to sit through. Tim and Eric, who served as writers and directors along with starring, just try too hard to be funny. Many of the jokes come off forced and not funny. Then you get to the parts of the movie where it’s just Tim and Eric running the mall. The cleanup of the mall with the owners of the stores feels like a much different movie. There are times when this movie comes off as watchable. It’s just too bad that these moments are fleeting and come few and far between. Watching the movie makes you wonder how so many stars could ever want to associate themselves with this thing. Along with the names mentioned, Jeff Goldblum, Will Farrell (the previous mall owner, Damien Weebs), Zach Galifianakis (Tim and Eric’s spiritual advisor, Jim Joe Kelly), John C Reilly (Taquito, Damien Weebs’ son or nephew or whatever).
There is no redeeming quality of this movie, and is the first must miss movie of the year.