I just finished watching the "Between Two Ferns" movie. Literally, I just got done watching it, and it was pretty god damn funny. I like the internet talk show, I am a big time Zack Galifinakis fan, and I was very much anticipating this movie when I first heard. Also, whenever Will Ferrell is involved with something, for the most part, I am going to be on board. The "Between Two Ferns" movie is a Funny or Die production, and that is Will Ferrell's company, so of course, he is involved.
Anyway, this movie was exactly what I was hoping for, but so much more. It was goofy and odd and silly and takes on classic tropes to simply make fun of them. It did this perfectly. Having Scott Aukerman direct the movie, since he helped to create the show, was a great choice as well. You could see that he let the actors improv as much as they wanted, he let them have fun and he wasn't too much of dictator on set. The actors were all wonderful too. Galifinakis, as a heightened version of himself, was as excellent as he has always been on "Between Two Ferns". His crew, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Gaul and Jiavani Linayao, were all funny and did a very solid job in the movie. Lapkus was phenomenal as Galifinakis' "right hand woman", as she called herself. She was funny and the heart and soul of the movie. Her never give up attitude was refreshing, while being hilarious. And the scene where she plays the trumpet was the funniest thing in the whole movie that wasn't the interviews.
Adding on to the cast was the impressive list of top of the line stars they got to be on the talk show. People like Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Willis, Keanu Reeves, Brie Larson, Tessa Thompson, Chance the Rapper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, John Cho, Jason Schwartzman, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jon Hamm and Paul Rudd. I mean, that's wild, and I forgot to mention Tiffany Haddish, Hailee Steinfeld, Awkafina and David Letterman. They were all game, and they were all funny. I also loved the stuff that was written beneath each celeb. For example, they spelled pretty much everyone's name wrong. Underneath Awkafina's name it said, "crazy, rich, Asian". That is so funny on so many levels, and it is top notch comedy writing. David Letterman's interview was amazing because, for one, they got David freaking Letterman to be in their movie, and he is a super funny dude that was fully on board to goof around in this movie. The Chrissy Teigen scene was so funny and so perfect in a movie like this. It was unexpected, and super duper hilarious. Teigen is so funny. The opener interview with McConaughey was great and a perfect way to introduce the rest of the movie. Jon Hamm was hilarious, so was Chance the Rapper. But my favorite interview was the Paul Rudd one. He was great, he was game and he couldn't keep a completely straight face the whole time, and you know that means he was having a good time.
"Between Two Ferns: The Movie" is going to delight fans, but I also think people who just want to dip in and check out a solid comedy, that takes on classic tropes, will be enthused by this movie. Also, it is only 82 minutes long, so it is not a humongous commitment. As I said, I watched it while my daughter was napping before I had to get my son at school. But that is besides the fact. Just check this movie out. It is hilarious.
Ty is the Pop Culture editor for SeedSing and the other host of the X Millennial Man Podcast. The only thing Ty thinks that Will Ferrell has done wrong is not playing his greatest character anymore. We need Ashley Schaeffer back.
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