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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

At the beginning of the stoning scene, a man is standing behind the kid, with his hands on the kid's shoulders. Later in the scene, a different man is standing behind the kid, with his hands resting on the kid's shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Oh: I'm a virgin by choice.
Zed: Ha! Not *your* choice!
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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

Allah O Akbar
Traditional
Performed by Ali Mrateh Fadh
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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User Reviews

 
Worth a laugh
3 July 2009 | by sprbdgrspcSee all my reviews

The film keeps itself from being too thoughtful by focusing on the pop culture knowledge of history and blending it with modern societal norms to create comedic situations. There are plenty of scenes that will give you laughs that pass as abruptly as they come and a few that are longer lasting. From crude sexual humor to semi-intelligent humor this film targets younger audiences that can look at religion in a comedic light. Most of the jokes for this film are at the expense of the Jewish and Christian religion. By no means is this a proper history lesson for anyone and shouldn't be viewed by ages 15 and under without parental permission. That said it is a funny film throughout. If you enjoy buddy films this one will deliver; especially if you are out with friends who enjoy seeing Jack Black's high energy humor and Micheal Cera's awkward teenager humor as they are pretty much in every scene.


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