Year One

Jack Black  Actor Michael Cera  Actor Oliver Platt  Actor David Cross  Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse  Actor Vinnie Jones  Actor Hank Azaria  Actor Juno Temple  Actor Olivia Wilde  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Profanity,Sexual Situations

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Year One

Theatrical Release Date: 2009 06 19 (USA)

UPC: 043396292192

Studio: Sony Pictures

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Profanity, Sexual Situations]

Summary: 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

Category: Comedy

Features: Includes both Unrated and PG-13 versions of movie
Alternate ending: Sodom destruction
Deleted scenes
Extended/alternate scenes
Line-O-rama
Gag reel (unrated version)
Commentary with director Harold Ramis, Jack Black and Michael Cera
"Year One: The Jounrey Begins" making-of featurette
Sodom's Got 'Em!
Leeroy Jenkins: The gates of Sodom
Blu-Ray Exclusives: Year One cutting room - Create your own video and share it via BD-Live!
Real-time in-movie information about the cast, crew, music and production via BD-Live
Send on-screen instant messages to your friends around the world while you watch the movie together

Year One

Format: Blu-ray

Release Date: 10/06/2009

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Theatre Wide-Screen

Audio: DHMA null, DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 97 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Portuguese,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Portuguese,Spanish

Cammila Collar

The stakes are pretty high for the 2009 Harold Ramis comedy Year One. When you hear that the creator of Ghostbusters is directing Jack Black and Michael Cera in a Biblical buddy movie about a road trip to Canaan, you can't help conjuring History of the World, Part I-esque images of epic, instant-classic comedy status. And, unfortunately, Year One is hardly that. It's muddled and scattershot, and somebody's eating poo within 20 minutes of the opening credits. But it's also funny -- sometimes really funny -- mostly thanks to the crack team of comedic pros who make up the movie's extensive cast.

Black and Cera play Zed and Oh, a barbarian odd couple who just don't fit in with the tribe. Their lack of traditional hunting and gathering skills (and their distinctly 20th century sense of Gen-X self-awareness about all the silly rituals and taboos) soon gets them kicked out of their home village, so they set off on a journey toward Egypt, which they hear is awesome. Of course, along the way they encounter Cain and Abel (David Cross and Paul Rudd), Abraham and Isaac (Hank Azaria and Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and assorted other Biblical and Biblical-style characters, before detouring to Sodom for some sort of business about rescuing their two love interests. And some butt jokes.

The movie doesn't do itself many favors with the writing, which often loses steam even after truly hilarious moments (many of which involve Oliver Platt, who may be the best thing in the movie next to Bill Hader's bit in the gag reel during the closing credits). But it should be said that Black and Cera's chemistry is just as priceless as the filmmakers were no doubt hoping, throwing off sparks in a smelting of facetious irony and extended poop jokes. Of course, they each play to type, but like the great comic duos of history, they're greater than the sum of their parts.

Both of the stars find seemingly impossible potential in moments of what would otherwise be totally played-out humor (nobody can bring freshness to a sodomy joke like Jack Black), but the actors can't propel the movie on their own. The heroes' quest is nominally supposed to be about Zed's search for the meaning of life (figuring out just what it means to be "chosen"), but Ramis never uses this theme to build a sly commentary about faith and religion. He never really uses it for anything; it's just a pretext for the jokes, like the obligatory heroic mission to save a girl. And nobody's saying Ramis has to do anything -- he helped write Ghostbusters, he can do what he wants -- but it smarts a little to think that Year One could have been that great, but fell short. Like a million other movies, it's still worth watching, but it won't make it into the canon. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Paul Rudd  Actor 
Harold Ramis  Director 
Harold Ramis  Producer 
Harold Ramis  Screenwriter 
Clayton Townsend  Producer 
Judd Apatow  Producer 
Theodore Shapiro  Composer (Music Score) 
Rodney Rothman  Executive Producer 
Gene Stupnitsky  Screenwriter 
Lee Eisenberg  Screenwriter 
Jack Black  Actor 
Michael Cera  Actor 
Oliver Platt  Actor 
David Cross  Actor 
Christopher Mintz-Plasse  Actor 
Vinnie Jones  Actor 
Hank Azaria  Actor 
Juno Temple  Actor 
Olivia Wilde  Actor 
June Diane Raphael  Actor 
Xander Berkeley  Actor 
Gia Carides  Actor 
Horatio Sanz  Actor 
David Pasquesi  Actor 
Matthew J. Willig  Actor 
Harold Ramis  Actor 
Rhoda Griffis  Actor 
Gabriel Sunday  Actor 
Eden Riegel  Actor 
Kyle Gass  Actor 
Bill Hader  Actor 
Marshall Manesh  Actor 
Rion Hunter  Actor 
Gene Stupnitsky  Actor 
Lee Eisenberg  Actor 
Eric Gipson  Actor 
Lacie Manshack  Actor 
Weston Hollenshead  Actor 
Paul Scheer  Actor 
Matt Besser  Actor 
Drue Franklin  Actor 
Joaquin Townsend  Actor 
Bryan Massey  Actor 
Keet Davis  Actor 
Tim Hilton  Actor 
Ashley Nicole Caldwell  Actor 
Mark Cotone  Actor 
Jack Walker  Actor 
Jamal Sims  Actor 
Sarah Christine Smith  Actor 
Kelly Connolly  Actor 
Michael Morris  Actor 
Leslie Geldbach  Actor 
Katherine Miller  Actor 

Country: USA