Movie Review: Year One
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 7 months ago
Written June 19, 09
Interesting concept, but man… thank God I didn’t approach this film with much expectation. The utmost respect for both Black and Cera, but what the fuck where they thinking when they read the script… it’s always a hit or miss with these two as they’re always playing the same role over and over, but when it works (School of Rock for Black) or (Superbad for Cera), okay there’s a pass… but when the shit just doesn’t provide enough substance (YEAR ONE)… the shit really does hit the fan!
Looking at 'Year One' I couldn't help but wonder if I was watching a real movie, or one of those parodies that Jack Black starred in at the beginning of last year's 'Tropic Thunder.' The thing is, this is not a fake trailer, but a full length movie. Sometimes you can smell crap from a mile away and sometimes it often disguises its smell. 'Year One' isn't the crap I thought it was, but that doesn't mean I recommend it either. I really had no interest in this film and just the thought of it made me angry. Forget about Jack Black, I was angry at once promising director Harold Ramis. I mean after making great movies like “National Lampoon's Vacation”, “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This” (Not “That”), I was beginning to wonder if Ghostbuster Egon finally succeeded in drilling a hole through his head like Venkman said he would. Though he co-wrote the screenplay with “The Office” writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, I suspect producer Judd Apatow played a factor in this not becoming the worst film ever made I actually laughed a few times during this film, which is saying a lot since I didn't expect to laugh at all, but actually be sleeping like the person next to me who I heard snoring. Really! I’m not bullshitting. This film didn't remind me of the much better pre-historic comedy 'Cavemen” starring Ringo Starr and Dennis Quaid either, so I guess that's a good thing. Jack Black and Michael Cera's work don't hold a candle to those guys and surprisingly they are the weakest elements in this film, basically phoning in their performances. Or in this case, using a cup and a string, since the telephone hasn't been invented yet...
'Year One' is a total mess of a film, but not unbearable or bad enough to make you angry. I absolutely can not recommend this film, but I felt a little sad because it had some potential. Perhaps if Ramis and his team worked harder on the material, cast a different set of male leads, and made a raunchy 80's era , R rated comedy they would have had something.