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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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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 »

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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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harold Ramis: as Adam. See more »

Goofs

When Zed is eating a kebab at Sodom, it keeps changing from complete to eaten to separated to full again. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
[a hunter knocks a bowl of berries out of Oh's hand]
Oh: Well, there won't be any berries in the fruit salad now, so we all lose.
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Crazy Credits

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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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Soundtracks

Allah O Akbar
Traditional
Performed by Ali Mrateh Fadh
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Waste of talent and time
17 June 2009 | by Randy-3See all my reviews

A great number of talented people were involved with this film: writer/director Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day), co-writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (The Office), lead actors Jack Black and Michael Cera, supporting actors David Cross and Oliver Platt, and cameo actors Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, and Kyle Gass, just to name a few. And it was produced by Judd Apatow. And yet it goes so terribly wrong. How? You have to go to the source: the script, which is aimless, disjointed, and sadly puerile. If you enjoy unfunny penis jokes and find the digestion of human excrement absolutely hilarious, you might enjoy this movie. I found very few laughs here, and I can't believe the amount of talent squandered on this trainwreck.


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