Somewhere between the sheer Monty Python-esque silliness for the sake of being silly and the stupidity of Jackass, there’s Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. The film is a mix between a high school film project with lots of unexplained and unnecessary oddities, immature humor and an overabundance of ’80s inspired music and green screen computer technology in the style more common on a local access programming channel. And those are the high points.
After blowing a billion dollars on a terrible movie (art mimicking life, methinks…), Tim and Eric are forced to flee Hollywood when their financial backers at the Schlaaang Corporation want to be reimbursed. The duo hideout at a shopping mall in the middle of nowhere and agree to manage it in exchange for, coincidentally, one billion dollars. The shopping mall is full of bizarre characters, like the man who sells used toilet paper.
Somehow, the film features cameos from Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Jeff Goldblum, and John C. Reilly. Steven Spielberg even pops up at the end. It’s bizarre and, in many ways, a wasted opportunity as they never take full advantage of the comedic skills that the cameo actors have.
It goes without saying that Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is all a matter of taste. Either you’re going to love it or you’re going to hate it. Finding a middle ground seems unlikely. While the film didn’t impress me and I didn’t particularly find it funny or even good, I watched the entire thing and there was something perversely entertaining about it. But don’t think I’m watching it again.