Year One Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple

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This is the story of two cavemen during Biblical times, who must find their way through a series of wacky misadventures and find love. Zed and Oh are men at the dawn of civilization, who have to find a new home after their tribe kicks them out for eating an apple from the famous Tree of Knowledge. They decide to make the most of their journey, looking forward to expanding their minds with new experiences. They come across a farm and meet Cain, an angry young man, and his brother, the dim-witted Abel. When Cain kills Abel on a whim one day, he tells Zed and Oh to take him with them or he will frame them for killing his brother. They encounter two members of their former tribe, Maya and Eema, beautiful girls who have been sold into slavery. In a quick about-face, Cain decides to sell Zed and Oh to the same slavers as well. Zed and Oh become determined to rescue Maya and Eema and run away together to live happily. When they eventually reach the city of Sodom, Cain finds and rescues them, apologizing for selling them into slavery. Yet they end up once again in over their heads, when the princess of the city mistakenly believes Zed to be the prophesied "Chosen One." This infuriates the High Priest and other power figures in the city, who wish death upon Zed and Oh. Our two heroes must find a way to avoid being killed, save the loves of their life, and escape Sodom before their lives can possibly take another turn.
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Best part of story, including ending: It's a broad parody of Biblical history, and like most parodies, the jokes are extremely hit-or-miss. Sadly, in this film, more of them miss than they do hit.

Best scene in story: When the princess believes Zed to be the Chosen One, Zed believes that he is being hit on, and his attempted seduction of the princess is one of the more clever back-and-forths in the script.

Opinion about the main character: Zed has a thirst for adventure, and he is forced to convince his best friend, who is constantly afraid, to join him at every turn. Jack Black's enthusiasm is infectious throughout.

The review of this Movie prepared by R.W. Hainline a Level 29 Superb Fruit-Dove scholar

Script Analysis of Year One

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   biblical times Comedy or Parody about    -   history How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Israel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   licking Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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