Provided with a billion dollars for film
production, Tim and Eric squander every
dime and elicit the wrath of the sinister
Schlaaang Corporation. With their lives in
danger, they answer an ad promising a
billion dollars for rehabilitating a bankrupt
mall. Arriving with dollar signs in their eyes, they discover the job requirements
include dealing with vagrants, bizarre stores of wacky owners, and a man-eating wolf.
An all new feature film from the twisted minds of cult comedy heroes Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (“Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job”) featuring cameos from “Awesome Show” regulars and some of the biggest names in comedy today!
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim specialize in a style of comedy in which the awkward pauses between laughs are at least as important as the actual jokes. When taken in the 15-minute chunks of their various television projects for Adult Swim, the results can be both strangely hilarious and cerebrally upsetting–the sort of thing David Lynch might produce if given the keys to a public access studio. Watching their first feature, however, can leave the viewer feeling like they’ve been locked inside with Lynch for a four-day weekend. All of the duo’s trademarks are present–the unsettling close-ups, the lovingly crafted re-creations of late-night commercials, a supporting cast that seems to have stumbled directly out of the Star Wars cantina–but 90 minutes of this may just be too much of a weird thing, really. Beginning with a hysterically dead-on parody of modern studio credits, the story finds Tim & Eric on the run from the mob after blowing a billion dollars on a 15-minute movie. Looking to repay the debt to the Godfather (Robert Loggia, still terrifying after all these years), they find themselves in charge of a rundown mall packed to the rafters with oddballs, including a jittery Top Gun enthusiast (Will Ferrell), a sickly Wolf-Boy (John C. Reilly), and a ghost haunting the yogurt stand. Then things get weird. There are some very, very funny moments scattered throughout Billion Dollar Movie‘s running time–most notably a transcendentally disgusting love scene that could very well end the existence of Valentine’s Day–but even the most ardent fans may find themselves wishing for a pause button and some fresh air midway through. Newbies and/or the queasy, meanwhile, are advised to get their affairs in order with an attorney before viewing. –Andrew Wright