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Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (DVD Review)

4 May, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 5/8/12
Box Office $0.2 million
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray, $34.98 Blu-ray combo pack
Rated ‘R’ for strong crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, comic violence and drug use.
Stars Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim.

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim tested the limits of propriety for five seasons on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. As they make their foray into film, the absurdities that transpire in Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie make episodes of “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!” seem like Saturday morning cartoons.

In the madcap misadventure, mogul Tommy Schlaaang (Robert Loggia) has given Tim and Eric $1 billion to make a movie. However, after squandering their advance on makeovers, helicopter rides and spiritual guru Jim Joe Kelly (Zach Galifianakis), among other luxuries, the pair have only enough money left to make a three-minute movie starring a Johnny Depp impersonator.

Incensed, Schlaaang demands that Tim and Eric repay him — or else die. After racking their brains about ways to earn back the money, the guys resolve to take over the Swallow Valley Mall after owner Damien Weebs (Will Ferrell) promises $1 billion for the job. But when they arrive at the mall, they discover that it’s decrepit.

Regardless, the pals soldier on to whip the mall into shape, and in the process encounter a strange mix of Swallow Valley regulars. Balloon artist Katie (Twink Caplan) becomes the object of Eric’s desire, while Tim steals Reggie’s (Matt O’Toole) young son (without much of a fight), leaving him to run his family’s used-toilet-paper business (ewww!) alone. There’s also sickly mall squatter Taquito (John C. Reilly) and belligerent sword salesman Allen Bishopman (Will Forte).

These people — and the situations in which they find themselves — defy logic, of course. But that’s the beauty of all things Tim and Eric. For fans, Billion Dollar Movie will be more of the same borderline disturbing imagery (body piercings, poop, sex toys and severed extremities) that make for awkward laughs.

Otherwise, prepare yourself for a wild, uncomfortable ride.

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