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Reviews Arrive from the Year One

Published June 17, 2009 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
The official reviews have begun to arrive for Year One and, though they're not as good as I had hoped, they aren't bad either.

Year One Reviewed

It turns out that Year One is not laugh out loud but instead a film full of chuckles. I can't tell if this is good or bad just yet. Check out some snippets from reviews below:

An amiable stroll through biblical times featuring Jack Black and Michael Cera as exiled Neanderthals, "Year One" lacks seismic guffaws but elicits many mild smiles. Borrowing the understated run-on gag structure from co-writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg ("The Office," for which director Harold Ramis has helmed a few episodes), and adding several players from producer Judd Apatow's stable, this low-tech opus offers an ironic commentary on the utter idiocy of religious superstition and received knowledge, all the funnier for being delivered by world-class idiot Black. Still, the PG-13-rated, CG-free comedy may prove too tame to score big with target auds."Year One" opens on a slapstick wild-boar chase in a primordial environment with few employment possibilities other than professional hunter or professional gatherer.

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Hollywood Reporter
A lot of comedic talent founders in this new Harold Ramis comedy that doesn't exactly recall his glory days of "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day." Resembling a cross between the mostly forgotten spoof "Caveman" and Mel Brooks' "History of the World: Part 1," "Year One" is likely to achieve grosses closer to "Land of the Lost" than "The Hangover," demonstrating that audiences might prefer their raucous humor set in the here and now.

Now I'm thinking that maybe should have kept the film rated-R. Who's with me? Check out the full reviews for Year One by clicking the bold links above.

Year One opens to theaters on June 19th.

For the TV spots, trailers, still and more movie info, go to the Year One.

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