Between Two Ferns: The Movie

Armed with awkward questions and zero self-awareness, Zach Galifianakis hits the road to find famous interview subjects for his no-budget talk show.

Year: 2019
Certificate: 15
Director: Scott Aukerman
Starring: Zach GalifianakisLauren LapkusRyan GaulJiavani LinayaoWill Ferrell

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“Between Two Ferns: The Movie” follows Zach Galifianakis playing a fictional version of himself as host to the “Between Two Ferns” show where he interviews celebrities in an awkward and offensive manner. After a flooding mishap at his studio he is given an opportunity by Funny or Die creator Will Ferrell (again playing a fictionalised version of himself) to be the host of his own major network show as long as he can get ten “Between Two Ferns” episodes done with major celebrities in an allotted time frame. This kicks off a road trip with Zach and his crew played by Lauren LapkusRyan Gaul and Jiavani Linayao as they attempt to achieve their goal.
When it comes to short sketches making the leap into feature length films can be tricky. It’s not always easy to stretch out a character narrative over a length of time originally created for short form enjoyment as well as trying to remain faithful to original work. Fortunately “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” manages it perfectly and for one main stand out reason. It doesn’t fall into the trap seen so many times before where a movie adaptation tries to be bigger and bolder and, in doing so, leaves behind all the things that people love.

In effect it uses a very thin plot to tie together numerous mini episodes of the show keeping it faithful to fans while the narrative runs in the background giving our characters a reason to keep the ball rolling and it does so successfully. The humour, while hit and miss, is very consistent with the tone of what you would expect and, in fairness, more jokes land than don’t. If you like the original and are a fan of Zach Galifianakis then it’s worth your 83 minutes of modest runtime to check it out.

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