Black and Cera in ‘Year One’ Opening Today

Friday, June 19, 2009
By Kevin Crossman
Jack Black and Michael Cera

Jack Black and Michael Cera

Year One originally started out as a project for Owen Wilson who since left the project directed by Harold Ramis and produced by Judd Apatow. Wilson of course has been replaced by Jack Black and is there a person in the world who doesn’t think this “caveman” role isn’t drop-dead perfect for Black? In fact, Black’s roles are almost always better when he’s in “scruffy” mode (School of Rock, Nacho Libre, Pick of Destiny) rather than “clean cut Jack” mode (King Kong, Envy).

Year One features a cast of Frat Pack and Apatow regulars, including David Cross, Hank Azaria, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kyle Gass, Horatio Sanz, and even director Ramis himself. The film looks silly with a capital S and is certainly not the most historically accurate comedy of all time (then again, neither was 10,000 BC).

The success of the film probably lies in Michael Cera’s ability to sell the awkward/ironic schtick that is his bread and butter. It worked great in Juno and Superbad, but felt tired in Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. What Cera needs to do is play against type as a villian, perhaps in the way Jay Baruchel did in Nick and Nora.

To learn more about the film we recommend the following interviews:

Have you seen Year One? Leave a comment with your review/opinion of the movie.

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