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Film Review: “Year One”

(Columbia Pictures. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence. Directed by Harold Ramis.) Jack Black (Zed), Michael Cera (Oh), Oliver Platt (High Priest), David Cross (Cain), Hank Azaria (Abraham), Juno Temple (Eema), Olivia Wilde (Princess Inanna), June Diane Raphael (Maya). Music by Theodore Shapiro.

After eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge, hunter Zed and his gatherer friend Oh are exiled from their village. While wandering the land and meeting with Biblical characters (Cain and Abel, Isaac and Abraham, etc.), they set off to Sodom and Gomorrah to free their enslaved tribesmen. This trip through the Book of Genesis, despite the talent on-screen and off, never comes together, leaving us with a dumb, gross dud. The main pairing of Black and Cera is solid enough, though Black is slipping ever closer to pure shtick. Cera, with his milquetoast manner and mumbly delivery, is the more enjoyable of the two, and his scenes with Oliver Platt’s high priest are some of the scarce highlights of this film. Unfortunately, most of the humor of the film tends towards the scatological, which is sure to amuse the 8-year-old boys in the audience, but few others. Past that, the movie treads territory that was more successfully lampooned in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, or Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part 1. It’s frustrating too, since Ramis and Apatow are capable of so much more. You’d do well to skip this stinker.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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