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Director Harold Ramis leans away from theGroundhog Dayside of his personality and toward theCaddyshackside withYear One, a broad comedy set in more-or-less ancient times. The film's cockeyed timeline puts two wandering cavemen (Jack Black and Michael Cera) through a rapid-fire series of biblical events: Cain (David Cross) slaying Abel (Paul Rudd), Abraham (Hank Azaria) preparing to smite his son Isaac (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and everybody converging on Sodom, the Genesis equivalent of Las Vegas. The jokes range from droll religious references to Apatow-ready testicular gags, but almost all of the real humor comes from the efforts of the performers to put things across. Black and Cera couldn't be more different in their styles, but each manages to conjure up some laughs just by working in his particular vein: one can appreciate Black's exuberant extrovert pouncing all over the material like a needy Golden Retriever and also savor Cera's muttering wallflower as he flicks in his sidelong observations. Azaria and Oliver Platt are given very long leashes--they know what to do with that kind of room--and Ramis himself plays a mighty-bearded Adam, but it's all not quite enough to preventYear Onefrom falling into that hard-luck zone withCavemanandWholly Moses: one more comedy that suggests the ancient world wasn't really all that funny.--Robert Horton




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CastJack Black, Michael Cera
DVD Release Date:  October 6, 2009
Runtime:  196 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . December 06, 2010
This moview makes fun of a lot of things
This film makes use of anachronisms, puns, and other devises to pock fun at history, philosophy, theology, the Bible, biblical language, sex, Rome, God, and other subjects. It is also filled with the ridiculous, such as when one of the heroes is chained upside down in prison and pees, and the urine flows down over his head, or when he saves a virgin from being a sacrifice by having sex with her.      The story begins when one of two foolish cave men friends eats the forbidden …
review by . March 06, 2010
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Jack Black seems to be on a mission; make a screwball comedy in every sort of movie genre possible. From playing wrestling monk to a school music teacher, to now a caveman, he finds all that is disgusting, revolting, insinuating and vulgar in any possible situation, and puts it on screen for all to see. His latest release, Year One, is a perfect example. Set in a condensed past of human history, Mr. Black and costar Michael Cera play two cavemen who leave their tribe and go traveling around the …
review by . December 28, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
If you watch SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE with any regularity...you know that it's mostly an exercise in frustration. Usually there are a few really funny moments surrounded by 90% completely half-baked material that evokes more a feeling of embarrassment for the actors than laughter. And at the end of the 90 minute show, the feeling you're left with is "well, THAT wasn't worth the trouble."     YEAR ONE is much like that. There are a few pretty funny bits, surrounded by a lot of painfully …
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