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Year One (2009)

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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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Taglines:

Meet your ancestors 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA 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)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film directed by Harold Ramis. It's also his last acting role. See more »

Goofs

Set in the Middle East, yet features a North American cougar (mountain lion). 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 #8.83 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Kecak Dance
Traditional
Performed by Tojan
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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User Reviews

 
Exactly what it should have been, yet cruelly underrated.
21 June 2009 | by raidersfan858See all my reviews

When I first saw the in theater preview for this movie, I was extremely excited. I went home and got onto Facebook and became a fan of the movie, which provided me with updates containing every video pertaining to Year One that was out there. I saw all of these videos and laughed hysterically, but I began to get a feeling that the movie would consist of what was in the previews and be nothing more than around 15 minutes of funny dragged out over a 90 minute period of time.

I was wrong.

When the movie started, I began to become even more worried I would hate it because within the first 20 minutes of the movie, at least 3/4 of the things seen in the previews were already said. I figured it was going to drag on from there. To my great relief, it did not at all. The entire hour and a half of the movie was constant laughing. The way Black and Cera got themselves into so much trouble and managed to get out of it every time was perfect. The ridiculous yet hilarious references to The Bible and how things that exist today were created were perfect. The movie was exactly what it was supposed to be: a laugh out loud comedy that was only meant to entertain.

I am still baffled as to why people keep bashing this movie. Comments like "Worst Movie of the Decade" anger me... What were people expecting with this movie? A heart warming story with a compelling plot and serious action? It is like everybody is sizing this movie up to expectations that it doesn't need to be sized up to. This movie was a great movie if all you want to do is go in and laugh. If you are looking for some deeper moral and other things that don't belong in a movie like Year One, you should go and see something else.


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