Year One (2009) - Theatrical and Unrated Edition

Genre(s): Comedy
Sony || Unrated - 97 minutes - $28.96 || October 6, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-10-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Harold Ramis
Writer(s): Harold Ramis (story), Harold Ramis & Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (screenplay)
Cast: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Hank Azaria, Xander Berkeley


Theatrical Release Date: June 19, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I've subjected myself to watching many bad films over the past few decades but gees... what went wrong here? Look - I get The Love Guru; it was one of Mike Myers first 'real' roles in years besides the Shrek films so there was a lot of anticipation that maybe he created the new Austin Powers. Clearly for anyone that has seen that shitfest of a film you know that is wrong. Meet the Spartans was also bad... but it was a spoof so was anyone really going into it thinking it was going to be a masterpiece? Now we have Year One; a film that stars Jack Black and the ever popular Anthony Michael Hall wannabe of this generation, Michael Cera.

So, how is it possible this film is so bad? I don't know where to start. But, if I had to pick something, I'll go with the plot. There is none. Not a damn plot. Nothing. I honestly forgot how, but Zed (Black) and Oh (Cera) were banished from their tribe and set out on a journey to start one of their one (maybe that's the plot?). Along the way Zed and Oh (side remark - what stupid names) run into fun, biblical characters who sorta tell some of the tales from the bible in hilarious ways! Yes, we meet Cain and Abel (LOLz) and watch Cain bash Abel's head in (played by Paul Rudd... what the hell what he thinking?). We also get to meet one of Cain's sisters who hilariously plays a lesbian! Now that's original!

Soon, after a thrilling chariot race (ok, well, they are going 5mph trying to escape Cain's family who has pinned Abel's murder on him) they arrive in other biblical locations. I'm just going to stop there because to be honest, I don't feel the need to discuss "getting the tips of our penis' chopped off".

I typically like these dumb comedies but this one just isn't funny. Not even Black seems to have fun with the movie. I know I chuckled a few times...but three days later I can't even remember at what. I'm just going to say skip this film, don't watch it, don't even pick up the box, just get something else. Please.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Harold Ramis, Jack Black and Michael Cera

Deleted Scenes (4 Minutes) / Alternate Scenes (14 Minutes) Oh gees. If 97 minutes wasn't bad enough, here we get a collection of scenes that were not use for the film that are not even remotely funny.

Line-O-Rama (4 Minutes) / Gag Reel (6 Minutes) Line is a staple of Apatow films and its essentially just the cast changing around the dialog to get a different reaction. Cute, and sometimes funny, but overall forgettable.

The Journey Begins (18 Minutes) As with nearly all of these 'Making Of's', we get a few short interviews with cast and crew, snippets of the film, and a general idea of how the film was started. It's all very vanilla.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Year One is presented in 1.85:1. Maybe Sony knew the movie was crap and didn't bother making a decent transfer because what is presented on the DVD is pathetic. Details are washed out, the picture is soft, and scenes seem uneven way too much. It's either too dark or too light.

Sony has included a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Dialog is positioned well in the front speakers while the rears are hardly ever used. I can't even recall anything noticeable coming from the year speakers. Given this is a comedy and not an action film I'll give it a slight pass.



.::OVERALL::.

Probably the biggest turd of 2008 (Theatrically) is available for rent/purchase. My suggestion? Take the $20 and light it on fire. You will likely get more enjoyment doing that over watching Year One.