The number of walkouts during a recent Sundance showing of Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, was almost as funny as the vulgar abominations of comedy happening on screen.
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, known for their bizarre comedy sketch show Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job! on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, expanded their gallery of grotesques and non sequiturs to a feature-length movie, which made its debut here in Park City.
The surreal (to say the least) story follows Tim and Eric after they lose $1 billion on a movie starring a Johnny Depp lookalike, then have to take over an apocalyptic shopping mall full of hobos, wolves, and losers to earn back the money. Bloodshed, sadistic bathroom humor, and heavy-duty nincompoopery follow.
At least one couple storming out of the theater actually hollered back at the screen. Heidecker and Wareheim could barely contain their glee at a post-screening Q&A. “What’d he say?” Heidecker demanded.
The incident happened during a scene where the two guys are riding around in a cart chasing hobos out of the derelict mall, screaming “Get the f— out!”
A man stomping out of the theater at that moment shouted back, “We f—ing ARE!” About two dozen people had already fled before that, and many more took off after. About two-thirds of the audience remained by the time the credits rolled.
When Heidecker and Wareheim took the stage for the Q&A, the audience was both playful and hostile. The guys made up nicknames for the questioners, and the questioners weren’t shy about mocking them back.
“Questions?” Heidecker said, kicking things off. “What kind of questions could you possibly have?”
“What the f—!” one audience member shouted.
Heidecker’s answer: “F— you. What else? … You, baldy?”
The folically challenged moviegoer asked about a scene where the two roly-poly gentlemen share a bath and shave each other. “Which one of you got wood first?”
“Next question,” Heidecker answered.
“What’s the moral of the story?” someone shouted.
“Friendship,” Heidecker snapped.
“Next?” Wareheim said.
“What was the actual budget of the film and how much of that budget was for drugs?” a woman asked.
The audience laughed. “It’s a low-budget film,” Wareheim shrugged. “Under a billion.”
Their favorite part? “For me, it’s seeing it in a movie theater. We’re used to TV where there’s not a [live] audience. To see it with a group of people who are enjoying it, or cringing and screaming, or covering their eyes the whole time, that’s kind of amazing for me.”
What happens next?: Tim tortures an old lady onstage