Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hollywood Product: Year One

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

click to enlarge FUZZY NAVELS: Zed (Jack Black, left) and Oh (Michael Cera)
  • FUZZY NAVELS: Zed (Jack Black, left) and Oh (Michael Cera)

GENRE: Cavecore buddy comedy

THE PITCH: Director Harold Ramis and producer Judd Apatow pit hunter Zed (Jack Black) and gatherer Oh (Michael Cera) against the ancient world. After Zed tastes the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, the pair embarks on a quest to find the meaning of life, and rescue a couple of bangin' cave chicks.

MONEY SHOTS: Oh’s staccato gyrations during the “Jackal Dance” at the village campfire. A cougar pounces on a terrified Oh from a low-hanging branch. Zed gets bucked off of one of Abel’s (Paul Rudd) cows. A bolt of lightning strikes Cain (David Cross) smack dab on his forehead, Harry Potter style. The gold-plated, virgin-filled orgy, soundtracked by a freestyling Jack Black in Sodom’s lavish palace. Zed topples some rickety scaffolding in a human version of Mouse Trap, inadvertently starting a riot.

BEST LINE: “This is my son and we’re playing a game … burny burny cut cut,” says Abraham (Hank Azaria) when caught holding a knife over a bound-and-gagged Isaac atop a pyre (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka Superbad’s McLovin).

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(Photo by Suzanne Hanover/2009 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.)

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