Year One… Too Many

Land of Punt has never seen a movie that was as flat as Year One.

The Biblical spoof starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, and directed by Harold Ramis, looks and feels like it was actually made in Year One.

Jack Black (left) and Michael Cera both sleepwalk through this coma-like comedy called Year One.

Jack Black (left) and Michael Cera both sleepwalk through this coma-like comedy called Year One.

For three people, four if you include producer Judd Apatow, who’ve been apart of so many good films it’s hard to imagine how they could make such a bad film like Year One. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprise to learn if they tried to make a film this incompetent.

And when LOP calls Year One “bad,” we don’t mean “bad” subjectively, we mean “bad” objectively. This Year one is bad movie-craft.

It’s also offensive. The movie attempts to spoof several Biblical stories, which is fine, but instead of intelligent objections and acute observations, it’s just a serious of silly sophomoric gags.

This period of history could, if done properly, provide scores of funny situations and hilarious hijinks. One thing that would help, especially if you want to spoof the Old Testament, is to actually read and comprehend the Bible.

At one point, the Cera’s characters asserts there’s no God. This moment wanted so desperately wanted to be poignant but instead it was predictable and pretentious. Besides, Ramis forgot one of the main rules of comedy: atheism ain’t funny.

On top of all that, add an extremely poor script and you have the recipe for a god-awful movie.

To illustrate Year One’s horrifically bad script, all of the film’s transitions seemed like after thoughts. It was like the director realized the plot was so incomprehensible that he needed to add character voice overs to explain locales, characters and plot points in order to make the movie navigable. It didn’t work. It just added to the film’s shoddy and haphazard feel.

Olivia Wilde works harder in one scene in House then she did in her entire performance in Year One.  Then again, she has to work hard in House, it's actually entertaining.

Olivia Wilde works harder in one scene in House then she does in her entire performance in Year One. Then again, she has to work hard in House, it's actually entertaining.

Olivia Wilde, June Raphael and David Cross were nice eye candy but not nearly enough to save this clunker.

Comic genius Cross was quite useless in his portrayal of brother-murdering Cain. This came as quite a disappointment for his performances are usually akin to looking at the face of god.

Meanwhile, Michael Cera needs a new character. He’s played the same role in everything he’s ever been in. Land of Punt gives him two more movies to find a new character or he’s done. That’s right done. He will be stricken from the collective consciousness of humanity and dispatched to the either of the nether-verse!

We’re not even going to mention Jack Black, which well tell you everything you need to know about his performance.

This film tries to be a buddy-adventure slash Biblical comedy replete with witty dialogue and profound philosophical musing. It ends up being a childish, poorly made, offensive bore.

Harold Ramis is 64-years old. However, judging from the amount of cheap toilet humor and adolescence attitudes toward the religions of the Levant, you would have thought Ramis was a pimple faced high schooler making his first film with his father camera.

Director Harold Ramis has been part of so many great comedies it's hard to believe he made the such an inept film as Year One.

Director Harold Ramis has been part of so many great comedies it's hard to believe he made the such an inept film as Year One.

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