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BETWEEN TWO FERNS: THE MOVIE
September 20, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 
MOVIE PREMIERE: This spinoff movie takes the concept of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis’ brilliantly awkward fake talk show, and makes a fake documentary about the making of it. On camera, on one of the sequences introducing this new approach, the host refers to it as Behind Two Ferns– and also talks about it as a peek behind his “award-losing talk show.” Scenes with members of the talk show’s support staff, and executives at the local-access operation where Between Two Ferns allegedly is taped, make this movie a cross between Between Two Ferns and SCTV, which is a perfect comedy marriage. It’s like The Larry Sanders Show gone completely off the rails – with equally impressive “real” guests, playing exaggerated versions of themselves. The action starts with a severely annoyed Matthew McConaughey, and goes downhill from there. Which, in comedy terms, is a good thing. Especially when Between Two Ferns goes on the road. “My guest today is Santa Claus with an eating disorder,” he says, introducing a bushy-bearded David Letterman.  And also on board: Keanu Reeves, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Chance the Rapper, and lots, lots more.
 
 
 
 
 
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