Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

When it comes to comedy, no body does it quite like the dynamic duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Their disgustingly graphic sketch show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show: Great Job is a car crash of cheap public television formats mixing with projectile vomiting, pubic hair and John C. Reilly; and it works. The show lasts for 15 minutes and is shown on Adult Swim world-wide. The duo take their show and perform it live in front of uncontrollable audiences. They have also created a number of other shows, including animation ‘Tom Goes to the Mayor’ and ‘Check it Out With Doctor Steve Brule’ just to name a couple. So, the most obvious next step was to make a feature film.

With their array of contacts in the Hollywood system, (John C. Reilly, Steven Spielberg, Jeff Goldblum, Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell to name a few), and their close ties with Ferrell’s ‘Funny or Die’, the money was raised and the filming began to the absolute ecstatic joy of the fans.

The months went past and Tim and Eric started their promotional campaign for the movie. One of their most successful was the ‘Billion Dollar Movie Pledge’, where the fans and stars would pledge to see the movie with ‘at least one member of their family’ and not to illegally download it.

As we moved closer to the release date, we were treated to some teasers from the movie, such as the ‘Shrim’ healing centre advertisement in classic Tim and Eric style.

And then it arrived. And the critics fell on it like vultures; and they did not hold back. The torrent of bad press could not have been more of a worse start for the film. All over the web, including fans, could not hold back on how awful they thought the film was. But I did not believe these hurtful accusations and continued in my belief that the film would be a ‘Great Job’.

Unfortunately, they blew it.

The movie started so similarly to the fantastic ‘Awesome Show’ that gave me the belief that the movie could truly be as good as the TV show. But as the main bulk of the story started, it flumped like a deflated party balloon. There was the occasional ‘hmph’ of a laugh, but it never amounted too much more. Their unique comedy style seemed to have been over blown to fit into a feature format, and their gags seemed forced and un-natural. Some of the best moments in the film came when actors such as Reilly and Ferrell were acting together, and the same with Galifiankis. There was not enough focus on plot or narrative in the film to really drive the film forward, but instead would try to use comedy instead, and if the comedy doesn’t work, then neither will the film.

At points, it was almost embarrassing to watch when the punch lines failed to deliver, and you know they are struggling to look for material when Tim has to turn to the camera and explain a joke to the audience.

There are, however, the odd classic Tim and Eric comedy moments, such as the ‘Shrim Healing Centre’, the sex scene in the mall, and the pair running through the desert. But that is it.

In my opinion, they need to stay to TV sketch shows because they know exactly what they are doing.

If you are a fan of everything Tim and Eric, do check this film out, because there are still enough charms in the film to not dishearten you to much, but if you are not, stay well away from this.

Ben

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