Year One Offers Unevolved Laughs
Prehistoric comedy aims low and hits the target
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2009 6:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – The jokes in caveman comedy Year One with Jack Black and Michael Cera are prehistoric, say critics, but it's still passable fun for anybody not expecting a comic masterpiece.

  • Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: "More or less indefensible, but I'll gladly defend parts of it." It won't rank up there with director Harold Ramis' funniest films, but it does have "some pretty funny circumcision jokes."

  • Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun: Ramis squeezes in some college humor, but also "brings infantile gross-out gags to new lows—he traces bodily-function gags to their historical source."
  • Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: "Perhaps the best that can be said for Year One is that it aims low and hits the mark. Black "blusters" and Cera "bumbles in very familiar ways here."