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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 (97) »

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Have a nice end of the world. 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evolution 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

Gross USA:

$38,345,494

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,376,292
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Kline were considered for the role of Dr. Ira Kane. See more »

Goofs

(at around 26 mins) Generals wear stars centered on the epaulets and not by the shoulder seam. 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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Crazy Credits

The trio do an endorsement for the shampoo Head & Shoulders just before the end-credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The dialogue where Harry asks "Shouldn't we tell the government." to which Ira replies "No! I know these people." was shot both in the hallyway of the college and driving in the college parking lot. The hallyway scene was used in the final film. See more »

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Loved the Creatures
11 June 2004 | by dreamseqSee all my reviews

A lot has been said about what's good and bad in the movie. I won't revisit those comments. I thought the creatures were creative and hysterical.

Sure they weren't logical or realistic, but they were fun in a fantasy sort of sense. I enjoyed the watching the entire alien "ecosystem" evolve.

Fortunately, I'm the kind of person that understands a movie made to be predominantly a comedy doesn't require scientific accuracy, nor should the audience expect it. It was intentionally silly.

One last thing. I thought David Duchovny did a great job playing a character that had a wry, dry sense of humor. He wasn't exactly a straight man, but it was clear to me, he was laughing at the world.

Rating, I gave it 8/10 because it entertained me AND my wife, something many movies can't do.


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