Jack Black, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd and Harold Ramis are all extremely talented comedic actors, who just starred in the worst film of their career together. ‘Year One’ is awful on several levels, one being that its entire concept is stolen from other, better films. (‘Life of Brian’, ‘History of the World Part I’) Another that it never utilizes this concept to earn any laughs, there is a grand total of one chuckle in the entire film. The final complaint is that with such a great crew, there was a chance for greatness.
Harold Ramis, come on. You’ve done ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ for crying out loud, when you make a movie I expect an effort to make us laugh. Jack Black, Michael Cera, when people give you a script this awful, force them to re-write it or burn it and catch the soonest flight away from that area. They look bored and embarrassed out of their minds, and I don’t blame them.
After all, the entire story of the film is…well, nothing. It’s Year 1, AD. Two cavemen, Zed and Oh, are banished from their small village. From there they run into several biblical figures, such as Abraham and Isaac, and doomed brothers Cain and Abel. In the film they speak as if they were all modern 20-something slackers. This includes Cain saying to Abel, “Your name isn’t Abel, your name is SUCK”. It’s cringe-inducing to watch, it is the most spectacularly unfunny film in a long time.
The blooper reel? Probably staged. Still not funny. ‘Year One’ was a depressing film to watch, and this has been a depressing review to write. If by some divine miracle you ignore my plea and don’t see ‘Year One’, be sure to catch it in the $2 bin at Wal-Mart in about eight months. 0*/****