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Between Two Ferns: The Movie

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Hilarious film version of web series; cursing, edgy jokes.

Movie NR 2019 82 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Not for young kids

I watched this on Netflix the other day, it was an original mockumentary but it was a bit disappointing . It had some potential but it wasn't as funny as I hoped it would be. Some swearing.

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Too much swearing
age 18+

Blooper reel makes it

This movie was so uncomfortable until I watched the blooper reel at the end. That made it so worth it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

This movie is awkward, caustic, silly, sweet, and endlessly hilarious. It's a story centered on celebrity culture and worship that shows, particularly in the character-breaking closing credits, that many celebrities seem to find the spectacle as ridiculous as many of us, and can laugh at it and themselves. And sprinkled throughout this story and the interviews are so many laugh-out-loud asides, like Galifianakis' devoted assistant Carol giving him the bad news that Jake Gyllenhaal can't do the scheduled interview because he spelled his name wrong when buying the plane ticket. While the absurdity and uncomfortable silences of the web series are very much in effect, Between Two Ferns: The Movie, through the story and the vast assemblage of comedic talent appearing throughout, take it to an even more enjoyable level for older teens and adults.

Directed by Scott Aukerman, best known for Comedy Bang Bang!, Between Two Ferns: The Movie includes so many styles of comedy that it's something any aspiring comedy writer or performer should study. It's especially impressive considering how many movie offshoots of characters and premises from other media fail as movies (SNL, ahem). While it's probably not for everyone -- but then again, what is, these days, especially in comedy? -- Between Two Ferns: The Movie covers such a wide spectrum of humor that there should be at least one joke that resonates for everyone, and most likely, many more.

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