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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.

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... Zed
... Oh
... High Priest
... Cain
... Isaac
... Sargon
... Abraham
... Eema
... Princess Inanna
... Maya
... King
... Queen
... Enmebaragesi
... Prime Minister
... Marlak (as Matthew J. Willig)
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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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Adventure | Comedy

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

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19 June 2009 (USA)  »

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The Year One  »

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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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Both main character's names "Zed" and "Oh" are alternative ways to pronounce the number 0 ("Zero"). See more »

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

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Zed: I'm sorry. I wasn't listening. All my brain blood was in my boner.
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Allah O Akbar
Traditional
Performed by Ali Mrateh Fadh
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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An underrated gem
19 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

When Year One came out, I missed it in the theater. It didn't seem to last long. People didn't seem to receive it all that well either. Considering I'm not fond of either of the actors in the two main roles, I really wanted to see this film. When I finally got around to watching it, I now understand why it struck a chord with me.

Without ever claiming to be a tribute to Mel Brooks, that's exactly what it ended up as. If you liked History of the World Part One you will like Year One as our two cave men progress up through the early years of human civilization and culture, encountering various biblical figures and getting themselves in and out of various tight spots.

It was really a fun little film that I think most all fans of Mel Brooks would appreciate. It is as much a nod to JudeoChristian history as it also pans it. It is a nod to Mel Brooks without being a complete copy cat of Mr. Brooks. It is meant to be a romp and not a serious film.

People who brushed it off should give it a second chance and not try to over analyze or read to deep into it and just have a little fun. I gave it an 8, which is saying a lot from a person who doesn't like either lead.


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