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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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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stanley Tucci was cast to play the Biblical character Noah. After Evan Almighty (2007) failed at the box-office, Noah was cut from the film. See more »

Goofs

When Cain's father confronts and chases him, Oh and Zed appear briefly, with rain around them. There is no rain in the rest of the scene. See more »

Quotes

High Priest: [the eunuch removes one of his testicles from his leather pouch. Throws and hits Zed with it] HIGH PRIEST: Did he just hurl his own ball at him? How spectacular.
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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

References The Outsiders (1983) See more »

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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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Not Very Funny
19 June 2009 | by maximroySee all my reviews

As a fan of most of Jack Black's work so far (at least the non Tenacious D stuff that is in comedy) and a fan of Michael Cera's great straight man work on Arrested Development and Superbad, I was very disappointed in this film. It is a great premise for a movie but it fails to deliver many laughs, it is basically one of those "all the funny parts are in the trailer" movies and was I think a really wasted opportunity for what could have been a very funny film. Jack Black is okay doing his usual act and Michael Cera is very good in his typical straight man role but the laughs don't exactly come flowing through. There are a couple of very good cameo appearances in the movie, I don't want to spoil the surprise, and they help to make up for the overall poor quality of the rest of the film. Worth seeing probably but definitely not at the movies for $12.


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