Year One

Year One

Starring Jack Black, Michael Cera, and Oliver Platt
Directed by Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day)
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence
Appropriate for teenage boys and stoners

    Jack Black and Michael Cera are two cavemen that are booted from their tribe and set off to wander the world.  Once out in the real world, they find themselves involved with many biblical characters such as Cain, Abel, Abraham, and Isaak.  I think that there might be some more story to it, but I was totally lost.

    I can usually find merit in any film, but I can’t think of one positive thing to say about it except for maybe that it’s only about 90 minutes long not including the credits. 

    The story itself is incoherent and so hard to follow that you just don’t care.  The plot is not even remotely clever and the dialogue, much of which appears to be badly improvised, is insulting to the audience.  I hate that this came from Harold Ramis, for whom I have the utmost of respect for as a writer and director.  For this to be created by the same person that brought us Caddyshack, Animal House, Groundhog Day and many other brilliant comedies, shows us that either the well is dry or he is just phoning it in. 

    To make matters worse, Jack Black is the same Jack Black that we see in every other movie he’s in.  I remember when his shtick was fresh and funny, but this film is the straw that breaks the camel’s back and he has officially reached annoying in my book ( I’m sure he got there much earlier for others).  It’s too bad because I think he could really make something great if he’d stop acting like a jester and grow up a little. 

    The rest of the cast are just clueless with this loser script and fail to make anything comical come alive on screen.

    What really gets me is how much toilet humor there is in this film.  Whether it is watching Jack Black eat from a pile of fresh feces or Michael Cera hanging upside down urinating on his face and into his mouth and nostrils, the jokes are just gross, childish, and not in the least bit funny. 

    So maybe if you are a teenage boy or taking some kind of mind-altering drugs, you might find this an entertaining film.  As for everyone else, stay far away from this stinker.  F