by Kiki Bennett–Netflix debuted its new original Between Two Ferns: The Movie, a movie adaptation that nobody needed or wanted.
Over the past decade, comedian Zach Galifianakis has been producing the hilariously awkward interviews with celebrities titled “Between to Ferns”. Being a huge fan of the Funny or Die series, I was ecstatic when I heard they were making it a movie.
The movie was not what I was expecting. Between Two Ferns: The Movie is a mockumentary of Zach Galifianakis and his series Between Two Ferns filmed at a local public access network. After the public access network floods during an interview gone wrong with Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell demands that Galifianakis needs to go shoot ten interviews within two weeks. Galifianakis more or less kidnaps his station crew as they travel across the country to interview celebrities from John Legend to Peter Dinklage.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie still had the awkward and hilariously dry humor that was in the Funny or Die series, but it was lacking. The writers could have done so much more with the story line, but instead it felt like a parade of A list celebrities for the viewer to get excited over. The writing was poor with none of the high-brow jokes and quips that Galifianakis usually delivers during his interviews.
I watched this whole movie from beginning to end and I wish I hadn’t. It started out strong, beginning with an interview with Matthew McConaughey that had that amazing dry humor. But after that the film quickly went downhill. The plot points made no sense, major events occurred that never quite got explained, and a story line that made little to no sense.
I would not recommend watching Between Two Ferns: The Movie because it is an hour and 22 minutes that you will never get back. Instead, go to Funny or Die and watch the original Between Two Ferns.