Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Unfunny, irritating comedy goes way over the top.
  • R
  • 2012
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie's main theme is money and success at any cost. There's a tiny, sporadic sense of pride in a job well done, but mostly the focus is power, success, and greed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters' behavior is consistently irresponsible, cruel, mean, and stupid. In trying to re-build an ailing shopping mall, they sometimes seem to be doing something good, but their behavior around this endeavor is usually greedy and bossy.

Violence

Trying to get their money back, tough movie moguls torture two old ladies, beating them up and severing a finger -- there's spurting, gushing blood. A man is attacked by a wolf. A bloody showdown at the climax features explosions, weapons, and beheadings. A character is covered in diarrhea. Many characters die horrible, gory deaths, and a child is kidnapped. All of this is played for laughs.

Sex

There's an extended "comical" sex scene with many cartoonish positions and use of sexual devices (though no nudity). A man gets his penis pierced; the full penis, though obviously fake, is on display. Some scenes take place in an "adult toy" store, with various devices shown in the background. Two men bathe together in one scene. One man masturbates (under the covers) while in bed with the other. Suggestive dancing in a bar. Strong sexual innuendo throughout.

Language

Constant swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "bitch," "goddamn," "d--k," "hell," "a--hole," and more.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In an early scene, the two main characters decide to get "wasted." In a montage sequence, they drink heavily, snort cocaine, smoke hashish, etc. Later, Tim slips Eric a drug that's supposed to be "Spanish Fly" but instead sends him on a psychedelic trip.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhamstergurl09 June 15, 2012

What Did I Just Watch?

I like Tim and Eric's TV shows (I'm into absurdity), so I decided to check this out. Oh my God. This movie is...wow, I'm at a loss for words. It... Continue reading
Adult Written byLisa A. January 7, 2018

I think it's for people who enjoy gay jokes

This movie is full of pedophile inuendo, gay jokes, sinful behavior with drinking, drugs, toilet waste, nudity and vanity. I watched it 3/4 of the way through w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 11, 2012

Crazy,awesome fun though I don't know why.

I just saw this and don't know why,but wish I hadnt spent those bucks on this.The movie was not even funny and stupid and pretty weird ughhhh.I am a fan of... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byRobsterReviews June 30, 2012

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie - Movie Review

Strange and weird stupid and just bad comedy (In My Opinion)

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.

 
And the characters of Tim and Eric are unequivocally vile, hateful, irritating, stupid, and worthless. In one scene, Tim steals a small boy from his father and "adopts" him as his own son. (This horrifying event is supposed to be funny.) Most other characters are one-joke types, such as "Taquito" (John C. Reilly), who's sick and keeps coughing up blood. Again, this is played for laughs. The directing -- also by Heidecker and Wareheim -- has a vaguely sick, sludgy quality; the entire movie leaves off with a general depressing feeling.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie depicts sex and violence. Is it funny? Does it cross the line? Who decides where "the line" falls?

  • 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?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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