In a primitive village at the dawn of time Paleolithic hunter-gatherer Zed, (JACK BLACK) eats an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Believing himself to be The Chosen One, he sets out with his friend, Oh, (MICHAEL CERA), on an epic quest for enlightenment.
This dismal, visually drab, so-called comedy is strictly for people who still think Jack Black is funny. Director, Harold Ramis says he was inspired by memories of Mel Brooks’s memorable television appearance as the TWO THOUSAND YEAR OLD MAN, but comparisons are odious to say the least.
The film plays like a sort of poor man’s Monty Python, without any of the wit of the British team. The protagonists encounter Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac and various other characters, but the humour is confined to stale anachronisms, fart jokes and toilet humour – in other words, this is aimed squarely at 12-year-olds.
JACK BLACK labours mightily to little or no effect. MICHAEL CERA was ill-advised to wear that silly wig; and it’s really sad to see an actor of the calibre of Oliver Platt involved in this stuff.
YEAR ONE makes WILL FERRELL’s LAND OF THE LOST look like a masterpiece.