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Evolution (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 8 June 2001 (USA)
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A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Don Jakoby (story), David Diamond (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Ira
Julianne Moore ... Allison
Orlando Jones ... Harry
Seann William Scott ... Wayne
Ted Levine ... Gen. Woodman
Ethan Suplee ... Deke
Michael Bower ... Danny (as Michael Ray Bower)
Pat Kilbane ... Officer Johnson
Ty Burrell ... Flemming
Dan Aykroyd ... Governor Lewis
Katharine Towne ... Nadine
Gregory Itzin ... Cartwright
Ashley Clark Ashley Clark ... Lt. Cryer
Michelle Wolff ... Carla
Sarah Silverman ... Denise
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Storyline

When a meteorite falls to Earth two college professors, Dr. Ira Kane and Prof. Harry Phineas Block, are assigned the job of checking the site out. At the site, they discover organisms not of this planet. Soon the site is taken over by the government, forcing Ira and Harry to the side. As the new life-forms begin to evolve and start to get more and more dangerous, it's up to the two professors to save the planet. Written by FilmFanUK

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shampoo | alien | chase | hero | helicopter | See All (95) »

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Coming to wipe that silly smile off your planet. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and for sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evolución See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,408,351, 10 June 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,345,494

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,376,292
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Ty Burrell. See more »

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Almost all "science" in the movie is bogus. It's a comedy, not a documentary. See more »

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[first lines]
[At night, Wayne drives out to a shack in the desert and places a mannequin inside it. He is wearing a yellow fireman's coat, without a fire department's name on it]
Wayne Grey: Despite all the warnings, she was smoking in bed, fell asleep. Bad move.
[He sloshes gasoline inside the shack and strikes a match]
Wayne Grey: And the fire begins. Showtime!
[Hollering in fake excitement, he charges into the shack]
Wayne Grey: Don't worry, ma'am, I'm here to save you!
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In the courtroom scene, 'Julianne Moore (I)''s character's top pops open, flashing David Duchovny and contributing to her character's inherent clumsiness. This was later cut from the theatrical release, but remnants of its effect can be seen in the courtroom scene. At the beginning of the scene, the top button of her blouse is obviously stretching her blouse, and later we see her clutching her jacket over the open shirt. There is also an allusion to it later in the diner when Orlando Jones comments upon Duchovny's ex pulling off one of his old shirts, saying all the women he's met today have taken off their shirts in front of him. See more »

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Referenced in The Rundown (2003) See more »

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Anyway the Main Thing Is
Written & Performed by Patty Larkin
Courtesy of Vanguard Records,
a Welk Music Group company
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22 August 2001 | by helenaduberrySee all my reviews

Evolution is a step up from most gross-out comedies. With a nice idea for a plot, it starts off quite serious before the stars show their comic talents off. David Duchovny has good comic timing that hasn't really been tapped before, Orlando Jones is far better here than in Double Take and Say It Isn't So and Seann William Scott is a damn fine comic actor who uses his goofy charm to his advantage. Julianne Moore's constant falling over isn't funny, but you can't have everything. It's a shame that it flopped in the US, because it's really good. The special effects are decent, the turns are likeable and the script is loaded with sharp wit. OK, maybe some jokes go dead but seeing Orlando Jones getting lubricated after a bug enters his body and Scott singing to a flying monster in a mall is reason enough to go see this excellent summer blockbuster.


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