TEMPLE GRADS and local-boys-make-good Tim Wareheim and Eric Heidecker are masters of the absurdist comedy in short bursts.
Their contributions to Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim," and FunnyOrDie.com have won them a small but disturbed following.
In "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," they try stretching their brand to feature length, starring as numbskull versions of themselves in a story of two would-be filmmakers who blow a large sum of studio money on a failed movie, then go into hiding at a rundown shopping mall, hired out as managers.
The mall is a way-off-the-interstate affair, so beset by financial troubles it looks like the post-apocalypse. There are cameos - Will Ferrell as a crooked mall exec, John C. Reilly as a diseased maintenance man. There's even a role for Twink Caplan, who played Miss Toby Geist in "Clueless" - here she's an older woman on whom Wareheim has an improbable crush.