Monday, June 29, 2009

Movie Review: Year One

I got the lucky chance to sit through quite possibly the worst comedy in years. I don't kid I had a bad feeling about this movie going into it but I didn't realize how bad it was going to get. This movie has Jack Black, Michael Cera, David Cross, Paul Rudd, Hank Azaria, Vinnie Jones, and is directed by Harold Rammis. So WHAT THE HELL went wrong here? The only theory I can come up with is that all these comedians have their own very distinct styles and were doing their own thing. Harold Rammis as the director should have reined them in so they could work as a cohesive whole. Instead everyone is allowed to just do whatever they want and none of it ends up being funny.

The basic plot of the story is that Jack Black and Michael Cera get kicked out of their tribe after eating the forbidden fruit and then stumble upon different people from biblical times. Most of the encounters they have are used as an excuse to give some comedian a cameo. Like I mentioned though they aren't given any direction and characters like Kane played by David Cross come across as annoying and not funny. A comedy can get by if the main characters are lame but the supporting cast is great unfortunately here they both suck.

It doesn't help that the film is poorly written either. The way they make jokes is to do some crazy act and then make it funnier by describing the act that is being done. That isn't funny it's just making a statement and it's done consistently throughout the film. I can't possibly recommend Year One to anyone. I'm pretty sure even if you like low brow slapstick poop jokes you still won't find much in this film worth paying for.

1 out of 5

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