Between Two Ferns: The Movie review – ramshackle cameo comedy

the Guardian | 9/20/2019 | Benjamin Lee
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There are saving graces scattered throughout Zach Galifianakis’s featherweight extension of his amateur talkshow Between Two Ferns, a ramshackle full-length excuse to watch him be mean to squirming in-on-the-joke A-listers. But perhaps the film’s overwhelming ace is an overarching awareness of just how pointless it really is, made with the same disposability with which it should be consumed.

Tasked with transporting Funny Or Die’s often hysterically funny webseries into a Netflix movie, writer-director and Two Ferns co-creator Scott Aukerman has aimed low and mostly, kind of, succeeded. The plot, and it’s excessively generous of me to call it that, sees Galifianakis in hot water after almost drowning guest Matthew McConaughey in cold water during an on-set accident which also destroys the show’s lo-fi set. His hateful boss Will Ferrell soon arrives with an intimidating proposal: to save himself he must film 10 new episodes in two weeks while on the road, ending up in LA to deliver the tapes.

Road - Trip - Caper - Clips - Celebrities

What follows is as scrappy as one would expect, a thinly drawn road trip caper sandwiching all-too-brief clips of celebrities deflecting cruel verbal jabs. It’s predictably in these moments that the film proves funniest with a long list of stars lining up for some wonderfully unrestrained attacks. Highlights include an assault on Benedict Cumberbatch’s unusual looks (“the type of face that masturbates all day wearing a helmet”), Jon Hamm’s comedy Tag (“one of the most iconic pieces of mediocrity ever created”), Paul Rudd’s career (“Which do you prefer: being in Marvel movies or being in stuff that nobody’s ever heard of?”) and Matthew McConaughey’s recent career choices (“All right, all right, all right … sorry I was just reading the box office returns for your last three movies”). As evidenced by his utter lack of vanity throughout his work to date, Galifianakis is...
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