Magnolia Pictures // 2012 // 94 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Paul Pritchard (Retired) // June 20th, 2012
"All this was organized, but now I don't know, 'cause a couple of dicks walked in and wrecked it!"
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie is a God-awful film about a couple of idiots who make a God-awful film. Perhaps there's something really clever in that, but I confess I'm completely at a loss as to why anyone would want to waste his or her time on this tripe.
Having blown a billion dollars on a train wreck of a movie, Tim and Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareham, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! playing themselves) have their lives threatened by an enraged studio boss (Robert Loggia, Big). Answering an advert that promises to earn them a billion dollars, the crazy duo find themselves tasked with renovating a bankrupt shopping mall. Encountering the bizarre group of characters who inhabit the mall, Tim and Eric soon realize that their task is even more difficult than they could have ever imagined. Sadly for the viewer, hilarity does not ensue.
Besides wondering who would find this low-grade humor funny, my most pressing question regarding Tim and Eric is just how in the hell they managed to get so many well-known (and in some cases respected) actors to appear in their movie. Robert Loggia, William Atherton (Die Hard), Will Ferrell (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), John C. Reilly (Boogie Nights), and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) all show up and make fools of themselves for reasons that are beyond me. Surely these guys aren't struggling for work? The Hangover Part II made a packet, so Galifianakis must be doing OK, and Loggia seems to be as busy as ever. I can only imagine that Tim and Eric have some real dirt on each of them that they threatened to go public with unless they acquiesced to their demands.
Much like children's television, the humor in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie is built around repetition, the rationale being that, if a joke doesn't hit the mark the first time, it'll get the desired result at the twelfth or thirteenth time of asking. There's also an excessive amount of profanity. Now, I enjoy cursing as much as the next man (particularly if the next man is partial to slipping an f-bomb into every other sentence), but the verbal diarrhea that makes up a large portion of the dialogue here is both unnecessary and a poor substitute for actual humor. Of course, this is a film where young children empty their bowels over Eric, whilst an older woman "makes love" to Tim with a large strap-on. Perhaps expecting any semblance of intelligent humor from this film was a mistake on my part.
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie may be a steaming pile, but Magnolia have put together an excellent DVD for fans of the film. The 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer is clean, sharp, and bursting with color, while the 5.1 soundtrack is equally impressive. The special features kick off with Tim and Eric delivering an audio track that is every bit as banal as their movie would suggest. There is a selection of deleted and extended scenes, which for someone like myself, who detested the film, is pure torture to sit through. The two featurettes and interview with Tim and Eric that are included do little to get the guys over with nonbelievers. Besides that, you get a selection of promotional artwork, a promo video, trailers, and the "shrim dance" screensaver that I doubt you'll ever want to see again. Still, for fans of the duo, and the film in particular, this is a veritable goldmine of material.
Some things are so bad they're good: a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, for example, or my technique in the bedroom. Other things are simply bad; Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie definitely falls into that latter category. Tim and Eric are apparently at the forefront of the anti-humor movement, whereby the lack of humor is in itself supposed to be funny. Pardon me while I don't laugh. This is just poor. Far be it from me to question the tastes of others, but I'd sooner we weren't friends if this is your cup of tea.
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Studio: Magnolia Pictures
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Deleted/Extended Scenes
* Photo Gallery
* Promo Videos