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Year One

June 19, 2009
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It’s no fun

By Shannon

picture-22If you think it would be hilarious to see Jack Black taste and then eat poop, this is your movie.  If you cackle with glee every time somebody audibly farts in a movie, you are in luck.  If the vision of Jack Black shamelessly parading around his bloated belly while he makes sexually obscene hand gestures towards female characters makes you smile, then for God’s sake quit reading this review and sprint as fast as your legs will carry you toward the nearest movie theater.  You’ll be amazed and delighted with the sheer volume of juvenile and offensive humor strewn about this gem of a summer comedy.  Everyone else, don’t waste your money. 

I have to give it to the people who cut the trailer for this movie,(I’m standing up, giving a standing ovation) you deserve  a special award for most deceptive advertising trailer.  You actually made it appear as though this movie was going to be funny, and after viewing it first hand, that was quite a feat.  

On paper, Year One should have been one of the best comedies of the last several years.  Directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Vacation, Groundhog Day) this movie boasts an extremely talented cast including Jack Black(Kung Fu Panda), Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Juno), Oliver Platt, Olivia Wilde, David Cross (Arrested Development), Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), and Hank Azaria.

How you have this many talented people in a movie and still crank out an unfunny product is simply mind-boggling. I kept slinking further into my seat as scene after awkward scene unfolded and fell ridiculously flat.  I am still somewhat impressed that the script was able to throw Paul Rudd and David Cross into the same scene with nary a chuckle.  Wow.

The plot begins  with Jack Black ( Zed) and Michael Cera  (Oh)  being banished from their hunter-gatherer tribe and embarking on a journey to Sodom, the city where they have heard there are the most whores.  It is somewhat a buddy movie, with Michael Cera’s character on the receiving end of multiple indignities including urinating in his own mouth and being the object of affection for  a gay high priest  and other city officials.  Even though they are portrayed as post-neanderthal men in primitive fur loincloths donning clubs, the remainder of the movie they interact with the hedonistic inhabitants of Sodom, where the men have gladiator wear, and the women have Grecian gowns.  Continuity error or bad script?  On their journey they randomly encounter a few biblical characters, (Cain and Abel, Abraham, to name a few) and in Forrest Gump style , they witness historical moments in the making.  This could have been an interesting premise, but it is quickly abandoned for more sex and circumcision jokes.  

I’m not going to lie, there were funny moments, but is was not worth wallowing through the literal crap to get to them.  I think my biggest disappointment is that the toilet humor was extraneous, and the movie could have fared much better without it.  A talented cast was completely squandered.  The sole reason to see this mess is Michael Cera.  I don’t care if he is now stereotyped playing the awkward dork who has never “laid with a woman” as the movie calls it. He is absolutely adorable and charming, and I am content with seeing him play this type for years to come.  He does it so damn well.  

Frothygirlz rating 3/10.

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One Response to “ Year One ”

  1. jane on June 19, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for sparing my beloved…sad news about this, I had high hopes.

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