Crossing the country with “Between Two Ferns: The Movie”

Zach Galifianakis is taking his ferns across the country in a race against time to interview ten celebrities.

Zach Galifianakis is taking his ferns across the country in a race against time to interview ten celebrities.

Tala Trad, Memorial Staff Writer

If one pays any attention to the internet, they are probably familiar with that one show where the quirky host awkwardly interviews famous celebrities. No, it is not “The Eric Andre Show”, it is Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die talk show, “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakas.” In this edition, Galifianakis takes his crew across the country in the Netflix film “Between Two Ferns: The Movie.” 

The film follows Galifianakis as he travels the nation to film ten interviews in hopes of attaining his own network talk show from his boss, Ferrell. As a fan of the Emmy-winning online talk show, I fully anticipated the same awkward humor to be presented in the movie. 

Who wouldn’t be excited to watch Galifianakis interview ten of the most famous public figures of today like Matthew McConaughey, Brie Larson, Keanu Reeves, Chance the Rapper and more? And fortunately for Netflix, the film accomplished just that- in the blooper reel. 

On its own, the movie lacked a real and stable plot. The concept of a movie or show actually being part of a documentary is a hilarious idea if executed correctly, as shown by “The Office” and “What We Do in the Shadows”; however, it seemed to be a forgotten plot point in the movie. Not to mention every other scene of the film that also did not connect thoroughly. 

The movie would have been executed better if it was divided into individual shorts. Interviews on their own could have been their own show like always, and the faux idea of running around the country trying to complete the interviews would have overall performed better as little behind the scene clips perhaps at the beginning or end of each short. 

Various segments of the film rarely seemed to make sense in conjunction with each other, which was incredibly disappointing given how much I love the actual show. 

The funniest part of the whole movie was the blooper reel at the end. It showed most of the jokes from the interview and the genuine reactions from all the interviewees. 

In whole, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” was utterly chaotic, and the premise lacked stability in spite of its star-studded

cast and the general success of the online series. However, in the future, I can see this movie somehow gaining cult status much like Akiva Schaffer’s “Hot Rod,” which was another let down when first released. I cannot see another way this movie could have been carried out better; it should have just remained as episodes in a series. “Between Two Ferns” was never broken; it was crude and off-putting in the best way possible, so why change it?


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