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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.

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Harold Ramis (screenplay), Gene Stupnitsky (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Zed
Michael Cera ... Oh
Oliver Platt ... High Priest
David Cross ... Cain
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Isaac
Vinnie Jones ... Sargon
Hank Azaria ... Abraham
Juno Temple ... Eema
Olivia Wilde ... Princess Inanna
June Diane Raphael ... Maya
Xander Berkeley ... King
Gia Carides ... Queen
Horatio Sanz ... Enmebaragesi
David Pasquesi ... Prime Minister
Matthew Willig ... Marlak (as Matthew J. Willig)
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Storyline

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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This June Evolution Begins See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Year One See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,610,304, 21 June 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,337,279, 16 August 2009
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 standing as a statue, his hair changes while he talks to Zed. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Zed: You could be my right-hand man.
Oh: I've seen what you do with your right hand. No, thank you.
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Crazy Credits

Several bloopers are shown during the first half of the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 12-rated UK version has dialogue changes to secure a lower rating. The following lines were removed:
  • "My thingy smells like lamb chops"
  • "Did you know he can put his penis in his mouth, the whole thing?"
  • "His poor rectum is absolutely pulverized, which is not usual for a sheep in this region."
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.109 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I See the Light
Written by David Lowery, Johnny Hickman (as John Hickman) and David Faragher
Performed by Cracker
Courtesy of Cooking Vinyl Limited
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A movie about Neanderthals for Neanderthals by Neanderthals.
19 June 2009 | by getupdaySee all my reviews

One knows going into this film that the comedy will be broad. That being said, Harold Ramis doesn't seem to be able to hit the broad side of the comedy barn. I might have expected at least some pithy and quotable dialogue, a la Judd Apatow (who produces), but alas, I can't remember a single phrase from this film. The jokes are stale (foreskin humor! Jews being bad athletes!) and the scenes are poorly edited. Some scenes don't even resolve themselves before moving on to the next. An early scene involving Michael Cera and a snake cuts to the next scene without any explanation as to what became of either. The actors display all the self-indulgence of a Judd Apatow film, without any of the comic rewards. If only the film makers had taken a bite from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they might have known how bad this movie was destined to be.


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