TIM & ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE written and directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, with Heidecker, Wareheim, John C. Reilly, Twink Caplan and Robert Loggia. A Magnolia Pictures release. 93 minutes. Opens Friday (March 2). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie finds the stars of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! jumping to the big screen with a comedy that lands the bright-eyed idiots in a rundown shopping mall after blowing a billion dollars on the eponymous disaster.
The structure of a feature film works against Heidecker and Wareheim's episodic sensibility, bogging down the midsection with ideas that don't quite pay off, like Eric's crush on a middle-aged shopkeeper (Twink Caplan) and repetitive appearances from a snivelling sword salesman (Will Forte).
That said, the elements that do work - like the scabby sidekick played by John C. Reilly, or a gangster subplot straight out of an 80s movie - will make you laugh so hard you'll risk convulsions.