Tim and Eric have been turning the whole notion of comedy inside out since Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! debuted on Adult Swim in 2007. Mr. Show creator, and now the actor behind Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk has praised the duo for branching into TV, movies, the Internet, and music all while keeping their brand under an umbrella. It’s easy to know when you’re watching something by Tim and Eric, even if it’s hard to describe.
Their material is surreal, satirical, and redefines the whole concept of camp. Their skits are often dark and gross. They aren’t afraid to go into a public access TV-style song or stretch a bit way past its limit, eventually bringing a ridiculous idea full circle. Some websites even call them “anti-humor,” which is kind of a meaningless description.
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie will be released into theaters and available on the Internet on March 2nd. The movie is ridiculous as it is hysterical. Basically, two friends (guess who) blow a billion dollars on a catastrophic movie project and wind up owing the money back to some bad guy. They see an ad on TV to purchase and remodel a mall. If they can get it up and running again, they’ll be paid a billion dollars. Zach Galafianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly (who starred in the Awesome Show spinoff Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule), Will Forte and a bunch of other funny guys are in it. Here’s the trailer:
Now, most people aren’t going to find it funny. If your curious about the movie you should definitely look up Tim and Eric on YouTube to make sure it’s not too out there for you. Based on the reaction so far, the release of the movie will be just as much of a story as what happens in it. There was a mass walkout at Sundance and some people even yelled at the screen.
This movie is really funny, but not in a Hangover type of way. It’s ridiculous, funnier in the vein of “Why are they doing this?” than “I can’t wait to repeat those lines.” Tim and Eric are very modern. They’re a personification of the detached irony that’s everywhere combined with an amped up awkward style of The Office. Their short sketches and clips are perfect for the short attention span, Internet age even if the creators sometimes seem retarded. Here they are acting like idiots with a stick in the mud Fox anchor, I was dying before the video reached the 30 second mark: