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Year One (2009)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 19 June 2009 (USA)
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After being banished from their tribe, two hunter-gatherers encounter Biblical characters and eventually wind up in the city of Sodom.

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Marlak (as Matthew J. Willig)
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Zed, a prehistoric would-be hunter, eats from a tree of forbidden fruit and is banished from his tribe, accompanied by Oh, a shy gatherer. On their travels, they meet Cain and Abel on a fateful day, stop Abraham from killing Isaac, become slaves, and reach the city of Sodom where their tribe is now enslaved. Zed and Oh are determined to rescue the women they love, Maya and Eema. Standing in their way is Sodom's high priest and the omnipresent Cain. Zed tries to form an alliance with Princess Innana, which may backfire. Can an inept hunter and a smart but slender and diffident gatherer become heroes and make a difference? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence | See all certifications »

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19 June 2009 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,610,304 (USA) (19 June 2009)

Gross:

$43,337,279 (USA) (14 August 2009)
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Trivia

Both main character's names "Zed" and "Oh" are alternative ways to pronounce the number 0 ("Zero"). See more »

Goofs

When Oh is about to enter the 'Holy of Holies', camera equipment is reflected in the jewels of his helmet. See more »

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Abraham: [addressing Zed, Oh, and Isaac] Therefore, to signify my covenant with the one true God, I shall on this day circumcise the flesh of my penis. And of you. And you, and of you, and every male who dwelleth hereby.
Zed: Excuse me?
Oh: I don't know what you mean.
Abraham: We shall grasp the foreskins of our penises, and we shall cut therefrom the extra flesh. Amen.
Zed: Oh... I don't think I have any extra.
Oh: Couldn't we pierce our ears or something?
Abraham: No, no, no. So it shall be written, and so it shall be done.
Zed: Let me get ...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Episode #1.20 (2009) See more »

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Allah O Akbar
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Performed by Ali Mrateh Fadh
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Smart hilarious comedy
11 October 2009 | by (Phoenix, AZ - United States) – See all my reviews

I found this movie on the bottom rack of the corner shelf at blockbuster, which didn't bode well, but I'm glad I took a chance. If you like Arrested Development or Mr Show, you'll like this movie.

The movie is a satire of the old testament. It presents the biblical creation story in the context of a tribe of stone age humans with contemporary mindsets. The results are hilarious, it's not as good as Monty Python's Life of Brian, but it's in the same ballpark.

The only area where the movie suffers is in what seems like an attempt to cater to a younger audience with toilet humor. However, as you cringe watching the toilet humor scenes, you get sideswiped by a few clever jokes that are timed just right.

There are a few jokes in the movie that are delivered so perfectly, with such great nuance and skill, that just thinking about them still makes me laugh. My favorite is the scene where the priest is reading the omens from the sheep entrails he's just poured onto the table, "to me, I see a smiley face, and that makes me happy". ;) This movie is one of the few that I'm willing to buy.


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