The Video Vacuum (thevideovacuum) wrote,
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YEAR ONE (2009) **

Two cavemen (Jack Black and Michael Cera) get ostracized from their tribe and go out wandering around.  On their journey they meet various Biblical characters like Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd) and Abraham and Isaac (Hank Azaria and Christopher Mintz-Plasse).  Eventually, they get picked up by some slavers who take them back to the palace of the evil king (Xander Berkeley) who makes daily virgin sacrifices.  When their potential girlfriends are the next to be sacrificed, the two get their shit together and rescue the fair cavewomen.


The idea of a Biblical comedy starring Jack Black is a promising one but sadly director Harold Ramis dropped the ball.  He must have forgotten everything he learned from Groundhog Day.  The whole film is essentially the same joke repeated over and over again (Biblical characters talking like 21st century jackasses) and the joke wasn’t exactly funny the first time he told it.


There is some good stuff sprinkled here and there like the scene where Black eats some shit.  The highlight though is the Hal Needham style outtakes and goof-ups at the end.  They contain more laughs than the actual movie does.  For the most part, Year One is a big disappointment considering the talent involved.  (It was produced by Judd Apatow.)  Despite being low on laughs, it’s still watchable and moves along at a steady clip.  Plus, you get to see Olivia Wilde looking H-O-T as the bitchy princess.

Tags: comedy, y
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