‘Between two ferns: the movie’: Galifianakis stays at ease

Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm, at the presentation of the film.

The series of interviews of the weirdest of ‘Hangover in Las Vegas’ becomes a mockumentary by the work and grace of Netflix to make mockery and mockery of Hollywood

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There is no doubt that the arrival of video-on-demand platforms in our country has made content available to us that just a few years ago were unthinkable. Without going any further, the whole stream of documentaries about real crimes or the monologues of comedians, some of a very Yankee cut, with which HBO, Amazon or Netflix complete their grill would never have seen the light in these parts. Precisely the latter has just made available to its customers
‘Between two ferns: the movie’.

Ah, that there was a series?

You are right. Well, let’s see, it is not a series as such. ‘Entre dos ferns’ (‘Between Two Ferns’ in English) is a humorous talk show featuring Zach Galifianakis, the actor who plays the weird character from ‘The Hangover’. Galifianakis started the show, available on the Funny or Die website and on networks like Comedy Central, in 2008. Since then, and on and off, she has been interviewing celebrities.

Uhm, and why is it called ‘Between Two Ferns’?

That is easy. Basically, because the interviewee and the interviewer are placed between two ferns, next to a table arranged in the center and on a black background.

Tell me more.

Well, look, the program has invited guests such as Michael Cera, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Hamm, Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper, Charlize Theron, Conan O’Brien, Andy Ritchter, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Tila Tequila , Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Sally Field, Bradley Cooper, James Franco, Justin Bieber, Tobey Maguire, Samuel L. Jackson, Barack Obama (in 2014 , when he was still president), Brad Pitt, Hilary Clinton, Jerry Seinfeld, Cardi B., Jon Stewart and Tina Fey.

How come I hadn’t heard of it?

Oh well, no idea, but if it’s any consolation I hadn’t heard of it either and, look, I’m a big fan now.

And has a movie come out of this?

Surprisingly enough, yes. The film follows in the wake of series such as
‘The Office’ and
‘Parks and Recreations’ and it points to the fashion of ‘mockumentary’, the comic mockumentary, in which, in addition to attending some of the interviews, it is detailed how the team works behind the cameras. There is the assistant who carries around with an iMac G3 – yes, those Apple colored computers that had a handle – because “who needs a laptop?” He assures that in order for his boss to understand the day-to-day life, he must draw up very basic drawings. She’s not the only one who thinks Zach is lacking a boil. Cameron, the cameraman, thinks he’s an idiot. For her part, the makeup artist is obsessed with turning down all celebrities, even though none have asked her out.

It looks good. Is there an argument?

Yes. The starting point is a failed interview with Matthew McConaughey in which he nearly drowned. From there, a Will Ferrell, founder of Funny or Die -this data is real-, obsessed by clicks – «they become green bills, more cocaine», he says-, summons him to his office and proposes a deal : Galifianakis will have to deliver ten new interviews to him in a period of two weeks, if he succeeds, Ferrel promises to give him a Late Night daily and for life,
“As befits a straight white presenter”, Galifianakis apostille. To achieve its purpose, the presenter and his team will have to travel throughout the United States.

Hahaha very good

Yes, it has great blows, although it is true that
it is all very focused on the reality of Hollywood. That is, if you are interested in that world, you will enjoy how actors and presenters laugh at themselves. Cheeky and lacking, Galifianakis does not hesitate to call the now bearded David Letterman, “Santa Claus with an eating disorder”; Paul Rudd’s presentation begins with “some have it all, the physique and the talent. What is it like to have only the physique? And for Jon Hamm he has a “Bradley Cooper has written, produced and directed ‘A Star Is Born’, will that open the door to other untalented hotties?” The outtakes during the credits are great too.


Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Charlize Theron, Justin Bieber, Samuel Leroy Jackson, Netflix, Cine


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‘Between two ferns: the movie’: Galifianakis stays at ease