Movie review: Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

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From the March 8, 2012 edition

If you aren’t already a fan of the surrealist comic stylings of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, their new movie is probably not for you.

Unfortunately, even if you are, it might not be for you.

The duo’s anarchic, bizarre and often hilarious Adult Swim show landed them a devoted fan base — they’ve sold out the Newport for a comedy show twice in recent years. But making the leap from the frenetic show to a feature film proves problematic.

“Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” involves the pair being given that fat sum of cash to make a movie. They fritter away the budget and must find a way to pay back the evil corporation that banked their film.

They also kind of fritter away this film. Tim and Eric’s comedy involves a lot of awkwardness, and when doled out over a feature-length film, it gets a bit tiresome.

And with the stand-alone plot, none of the beloved characters from the show get to make appearances, which seems like a missed opportunity.

The “love it/hate it” factor is high — as will no doubt be much of the target audience. I’m a fan and left a bit disappointed. —Brad Keefe