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When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world in Columbia Pictures’ comedy Year One. Harold Ramis directs. The screenplay is by Harold Ramis & Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg ("The Office") from a story by Harold Ramis. The film is produced by Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow, and Clayton Townsend.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 167
- Fresh: 25
- Rotten: 142
- Average Rating: 3.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Year One is nowhere near as funny as the ancient-civilization movies I saw in high school: Life of Brian, History of the World Part I, Caligula. Its script isn't worth the papyrus it's inscribed on.
Rotten: Creatively it's a giant step backwards, with Jack Black and Michael Cera playing to the kids as inept hunter-gatherers who stumble across various Old Testament characters.
Rotten: [Year One has] some very funny moments but not enough of them.
Rotten: This is a significant notch below the great Monty Python films that tackled religion with intelligence and wit.
I looked forward to this movie for a while, seeing as how the two main characters seem to be a near perfect comedic duo...but this movie is nothing more than an hour long comedy sketch in which someone had a bunch of jokes they wanted to make public about every early time period, so they used this movie to tell every joke. They go through the roman times and the time of cain and abel and caveman times. strange... The jokes are spread out, but it you'll need to step a little further back in the timeline to get any laugh at all from this one. Some parts were very funny, but most were not funny at all. I know that if you haven't seen it then you're wondering how in the world is it possible that this movie isn't funny....but i wondered the same thing until i watched it. i wanted to laugh, but it just was a lousy movie. And, parents, if you're thinking that this is a kid-friendly movie then know that it isn't. A lot of innuendos and sexual references as well as bad language in every scene. All-in-all I wouldn't watch this movie again, it was just dissapointing for two such funny people.
This is a comedy?
This has to be one of the worst movies of the year. Don't waste your money. I rented it from one of those $1 rental machines in the local grocery store and still felt like I got ripped off!
Worst movie ever
A complete was of money and time. When I saw this in the theater over half the crowd got up and left within the first 30 minutes. Very bad.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2009
- © 2009 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.