Saturday, February 6, 2010

Year One

Yes, I suppose I was pretty excited about seeing Year One (2009). Mainly because Michael Cera was in it. I mean, he used to be the golden boy of teenage movies. But now he comes across as just plain awkward. Year One crashed. And it burned. Badly.
Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Cera) are lazy hunter-gatherers living in a small village in the year 'one'. However, Zed eats some forbidden fruit and is banished from his cozy village, and takes Oh along with him. They journey far and wide, only to wind up as slaves, but also trying to get the girls they love so much back.
I had faith in this movie. As I said, usually you can't go wrong with Michael Cera. Year One wasn't funny, and the story was lacking enough oomph factor to keep you entertained. I think half way through I started mass-texting people and playing games on my phone to relieve my boredom. Seriously, this movie rips off prehistoric times and tries to make things funny because everything was so 'slow' back in those days. Not even a surprise and uncredited appearance from Paul Rudd could save this.
There were still some minor enjoyable bits in this. Like the appearance from Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Superbad), which proved to be the most funny thing in the film. Jack Black needs to step back, and look at his career. Yes, he was funny in Tropic Thunder, but that wont cover up the huge disappointment of Year One.

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