Year One
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Jack Black and Michael Cera headline Harold Ramis' Biblical comedy about a pair of misfit hunter-gatherers who embark on a wild journey through the ancient world after being banished from their primitive village. Zed (Black) and Oh (Cera) may lack in the skills that their chieftain is looking for, but they have plans to make it big. Zed has a gut feeling that God has "chosen" him, and so he leads his buddy on a trip through the unknown countryside in search of bigger and better things, bumping into several weird characters along the way -- like a feuding pair of brothers named… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

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"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"[Year One has] some very funny moments but not enough of them."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"In the beginning there was light, which was closely followed by the fart joke."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"From its ill-concieved concept to its timing-free chemistry and embarrassingly-bad characterisations, Year One is a major misfire in every respect."
‑ Simon Foster,
"What's even more depressing than the never-ending stream of sub-sixth-grade toilet humor is the sad fact that Year One is helmed and co-produced by two of the best laughmeisters in the business."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"'Year One' wants to be seen as a freeform, knockabout trawl through Biblical history, perfect for an undemanding Saturday night. There are only two problems: it's kind of dull and just isn't funny."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"This is a significant notch below the great Monty Python films that tackled religion with intelligence and wit."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Stretched painfully thin to feature length, it's a concept that's gestated for 34 years but hasn't evolved a microbe. It also proves that the Harold Ramis of '09 has nothing on the Harold Ramis of '75."
‑ Ali Gray,
"a lazy excrescence of a film. Crude, sloppy, flat, and singularly uninspired, its only redeeming virtue is proving that Michael Cera is capable of rising above even this abominable material"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"For all its unevenness, the film is blessed by its lead actors."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The people who made Year One seem to think that all you have to do to make a hit comedy is get a bunch of jokesters together. But where are the jokes?"
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Dudley Moore once made a pretty forgettable comedy giving various well-worn bible stories a light irony wash by reacting to them with the skepticism and confusion a person of today might. Year One is basically that, but dumber."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Only big fans of Cera and Black need catch this film, and even then, it's far from a must-see."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"The problem is not the historicity, or lack thereof, in a comedy, but the uneven pace of the humor."
‑ Rubin Safaya,
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