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Friday, June 19, 2009

Year One

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: Two men (Jack Black & Michael Cera) from a primitive village, who think they are meant for more than the small life they are living, set off on a pedestrian road trip to discover what else can be accessed by foot in the world around them.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Vinnie Jones, Hank Azaria, Juno Temple, Olivia Wilde, June Diane Raphael, Xander Berkeley, Horatio Sanz, David Pasquesi, Matthew J. Willig, Gia Carides, Bill Hader, Kyle Gass, Harold Ramis, Eden Riegel

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. I had a really hard time answering the question, "What is the movie about," so that's not a good sign. And if my description sounds boring, maybe that's the movie's main problem-- it's really not about anything. The only thing the plot lends itself toward is a series of silly jokes and sketches about biblical times, and another amazing performance by Michael Cera.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Is there still an audience that finds licking poo and animals attacking funny?

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but their hairstyles may give you visions of happy little bugs, living happy little lives, in the happy little bug villages that most likely exist at the border of these men's scalps. It definitely makes you wish they'd invented Supercuts a lot sooner.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: While the farting and the graphic intestines scenes are disgusting, I will give this movie credit for having the Best Peeing Scene I've ever witnessed in a movie.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Not since Stanislavski has someone reinvented the art form of acting the way Michael Cera has. In movie after movie, he brings a style to the screen that is completely original, surprising, and real. I don't even think it's possible to write for the way he makes stuff funny. He's a genius.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The whole movie feels dated. Unfortunately, it's not so much because it takes place in the days after Jesus died, as it is because the whole style of the piece feels pulled right out of an ancient time I like to call the 1980s.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The writers do manage to put the characters into precarious situations, like getting coiled by a snake and attacked by a vicious cougar, but instead of showing us how they get out of those binds, they simply cut to the next scene, and have the characters say things like, "Wow, that was a bad day." To put this in terms you can relate to immediately, that's like me telling you about the time I was mugged for my computer by meth addicts, and how I chased them, and they held me at gun point, and just when you start to wonder how I was gonna get my computer back and escape with my life, I start talking about ice cream.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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Farzan said...

Nice review, but I think I'm going to stay far away from this movie. Everyone I know said it sucked and I didn't even laugh once during the trailers. Cera looks like a girl in this film.

Monique Elisabeth said...

Yes, Michael Cera's hair is disturbing.

Reel Whore said...

Cera is the only reason I want to see this. Jack Black has grown progressively more painful over the last few years.

I think I'll wait and catch this at the cheap theater.

Monique Elisabeth said...

I think that's a wise choice.