A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie -- directed by and starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who are best known for their successful TV show -- is extremely violent, vulgar, and sexual. There's some strong, gory, bloody violence (some directed at old ladies), as well as an extended "sex" scene (clothed but graphic) and a child's kidnapping -- all of which is played for laughs. There are other sexual situations and innuendoes, a montage of binge drinking and hard drug use, and constant foul language, including countless uses of "f--k," "s--t, "c--t," and more. The main characters are fairly hateful and serve no real purpose. Though the average moviegoer is likely to find the film completely unfunny and highly irritating, Tim and Eric's most loyal fans could enjoy it, if they're "mature" enough for the decidedly immature content.
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What's the story?
In Hollywood, Tim (Tim Heidecker) and Eric (Eric Wareheim) have just blown $1 billion on an unreleasable movie that only lasts a few minutes. (In one of their many mistakes, they accidentally cast a Johnny Depp look-alike instead of the real Depp.) To escape their angry financiers (Robert Loggia and William Atherton) and to raise money, the duo agrees to take on a job refurbishing a dilapidated and dangerous shopping mall. While there, they meet a range of strange characters and learn about a ravenous wolf and the secret of "Shrim." But can they finish the mall before their enemies track them down and take their revenge?
Is it any good?
It's embarrassing to think that this movie was made by grown-ups. First of all, it's just not funny. Comedy usually relies on very precise delivery, with special rhythms and beats, but Heidecker and Wareheim have completely ignored that concept. Instead they aggressively repeat punchlines, hammering them again and again in the vain hope that they'll become funnier, rather than the opposite. The dead space where laughter should be is like lead.
Talk to your kids about ...
How does this movie differ from Tim and Eric's TV shows? What's their appeal? Can they be considered role models?
What makes Tim and Eric want to get wasted? Does it solve anything for them or make them feel better?
- In theaters: March 2, 2012
- On DVD or streaming: May 8, 2012
- Cast: Eric Wareheim, John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker
- Directors: Eric Wareheim, Tim Heidecker
- Studios: Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 93 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, comic violence and drug use
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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