Year One (2009)



Critic Consensus: Year One is a poorly executed, slapdash comedy in which the talent both in front of and behind the camera never seem to be on the same page.

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Jack Black and Michael Cera headline Harold Ramis' Biblical comedy about a pair of misfit hunter-gatherers who embark on a wild journey through the ancient world after being banished from their primitive village. Zed (Black) and Oh (Cera) may lack in the skills that their chieftain is looking for, but they have plans to make it big. Zed has a gut feeling that God has "chosen" him, and so he leads his buddy on a trip through the unknown countryside in search of bigger and better things, bumping into several weird characters along the way -- like a feuding pair of brothers named Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd). Unfortunately, their quest for greatness hits a few snags, like being sold into slavery, and later becoming the object of interest to a very amorous, very hairy high priest (Oliver Platt) in the opulent city of Sodom. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Oliver Platt
as High Priest
Vinnie Jones
as Sargon
Hank Azaria
as Abraham
Olivia Wilde
as Princess Inanna
Eden Riegel
as Lilith
Gia Carides
as Queen
Horatio Sanz
as Enmebaragesi
David Pasquesi
as Prime Minister
Kyle Gass
as Zaftig The Eunuch
Bill Hader
as Shaman
Marshall Manesh (II)
as Slave Trader
Rion Hunter
as Bedouin Sheik
Gene Stupnitsky
as First Guard
Lee Eisenberg
as Sodom Sentry
Eric Gipson
as Sodom Vendor
Lacie Manshack
as Banana Girl
Weston Hollenshead
as Kid Stoner
Paul Scheer
as Bricklayer
Matt Besser
as Guy in Crowd
Drue Franklin
as Squanto
Joaquin Townsend
as Slave Child
Bryan Massey
as New Guard
Mark Cotone
as Angry Baker
Keet Davis
as Desert Soldier
Tim Hilton
as Pedestrian Villager
Jack Walker
as Village Child
Jamal Sims
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Year One

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (37)

Creatively it's a giant step backwards, with Jack Black and Michael Cera playing to the kids as inept hunter-gatherers who stumble across various Old Testament characters.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

'Year One' wants to be seen as a freeform, knockabout trawl through Biblical history, perfect for an undemanding Saturday night. There are only two problems: it's kind of dull and just isn't funny.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

[Year One has] some very funny moments but not enough of them.

June 22, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

This is a significant notch below the great Monty Python films that tackled religion with intelligence and wit.

Full Review… | June 22, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

The people who made Year One seem to think that all you have to do to make a hit comedy is get a bunch of jokesters together. But where are the jokes?

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Harold Ramis' comedy is more evolved than the trailers let on, but after a solid hit to the popcorn audience's vestigial funny bone, the humor retreats into a lazy, generic swamp.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Year One

God awful!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

disapointing mess!!!!

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer


Humor must be highly subjective. I didn't see this when it came out because it looked like it was "too high school" but I laughed myself sick watching it. I was choking. Never've been a fan of Black or Cera (though both do okay here) so I credit writer/director Ramis for making me laugh as haven't in 20 years ... thank you, Harold.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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