Year One

June 19th, 2009


Year One

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 4.9/10 (38,873 voted)

Critic's Score: 34/100

Director: Harold Ramis

Stars: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde

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?

Writers: Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky

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)

Taglines: This June Evolution Begins


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Mexico] |

Release Date: 19 June 2009

Filming Locations: New Mexico, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,610,304 (USA) (21 June 2009) (3022 Screens)

Gross: $43,337,279 (USA) (16 August 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [Harold Ramis] as Adam.

Anachronisms: When Cain and Abel are "wrestling" on the ground, Cain is wearing rubber rain boots or galoshes instead of sandals.

Oh: If we never ever see you again, it's not because we are avoiding you!

User Review

Is the vast majority dead wrong?

Rating: 8/10

Firstly, let me mention that this is my first IMDb post ever and I feel compelled to make this post based on many different things. I went into this movie with no prior knowledge other than a trailer of the movie where michael cera gets berries knocked out of his hands etc. The scene made me laugh and I thought that Jack Black and Cera could be a good pairing for a comedy. I did not know that the movie was directed by Harold Ramis nor that the script was written by Ramis as well as the guys from The Office (all three of whom are comedy geniuses), nor did I know that the movie had been panned by Roger Ebert: the only movie critic whom i actually respect in that we have very similar taste in movies. If I had read the Ebert review (1 star), I probably wouldn't have gone to see the movie but nonetheless I did. There are two kinds of comedy: comedy with a moral to the story and mindless comedy for the sole purpose of making people laugh. This is the latter but it is done to perfection. I'm not going to talk about the movie itself other than to say that the scenes with Oliver Platt and Cera had me laughing as hard as the first half hour of Borat (i.e. I could barely breathe). I'm not claiming that this movie is a classic, in fact I'll admit that there was no real point to the movie and the philosophical bits fell pretty flat but all in all there were many scenes in this movie where Ramis' genius is apparent. I went to the movie to get some laughs and I definitely got my moneys worth. For a quick example of some other comedies which had me leaving a large amount of pee for theatre personnel to mop up later: A Fish Called Wanda,...The Holy Grail, Office Space, Borat, Austin Powers, Happy Gilmore. OK I didn't see most of these in the theatre but you get the point. I can't really say why so many people are panning Year One. My only thought is that they really just don't get the humor. Obviously there is a plentiful supply of people on IMDb that will not like this notion since they couldn't possibly be wrong about anything but in my opinion they are mistaken when it comes to this movie. I have a feeling that people's opinions of this movie will change in time. Is it possible that a pointless cave man comedy could be before its time? I hope this post will get a few more people to watch this movie with an open mind.


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