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Year One, not so much directed by Harold Ramis as permitted to happen, is an anachronism-littered buddy comedy about a hunter and a gatherer expelled from their primitive village and followed through a Biblical landscape of Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, Sodom but not Gomorrah: “What transpires within the confines of the walls of Sodom, stays within the confines of the walls of Sodom.” Michael Cera, who couldn’t remain a contemporary adolescent forever, preserves his delicate and diffident line-delivery even in the rough company of Jack Black. And Hank Azaria, as a fervent Abraham, gets a lot out of the word “God,” and he gets it out a lot, sounding like a blend of the televangelist, the man who hits his thumb with a hammer, and the cat with a fishbone in its throat. The now routine outtakes in the closing credits carry the usual implication of trying desperately at the last minute to make up for the dearth of laughs in the preceding ninety.

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richinsd June 25, 2009 @ 12:03 a.m.

Just a short comment on the upcoming movie "Whatever Works"... The unexpected arrives after going into the movie (pre-screening) pretty much blind as to what the movie was all about and not really knowing that much about Larry David. This movie written & directed by Woody Allen, who is not in the movie, knocked all our socks off. All I can say is, Don't miss this one folks.

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leslie8475 June 26, 2009 @ 10:16 p.m.

I didn't think the age difference in proposal was 'obvious to the naked eye.' They're both beautiful enough for a mutual attraction. Why the hangup on age?

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HenrySloanIII June 27, 2009 @ 10:48 p.m.

The Allen film is probably every bit as problematic as described, but do "literary" and "writerly" qualities necessarily prevent language from coming to life? About "Cherie," how is Michelle Pfeiffer's acting aside from her mannerly enunciation?

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SDaniels June 28, 2009 @ 12:38 a.m.

"...but do "literary" and "writerly" qualities necessarily prevent language from coming to life?"

Well, if you are a fan of Barthes, they certainly do not.

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Josh Board June 29, 2009 @ 9:59 a.m.

I'll be seeing the Woody movie in a few days, but from the few scenes I've seen, I can buy the age difference. She's enamored with the fact that he's a genius. And, in a real life, some guy that makes a lot of money or has a great deal of notoriety, can pull a younger woman.

I don't mind when it's reversed, and it's a younger man with an older woman, with the exception being Harold & Maude. Because, no teenage boy would sleep with a Ruth Gordon that's in her late 60s. Just wouldn't happen.

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Josh Board July 1, 2009 @ 10:32 a.m.

richinsd: not sure why you liked this movie so much. i was rather disappointed in it, and I'm an Allen fan.

i think ANY episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, has a lot more laughs than this entire movie. and all the concepts in this, have been done before (a pyschic that didn't know enough to not be under a building when something falls on her...a rant about how you need a license to fish, sell hot dogs, drive a car, but not to have a baby, etc).

if this movie had been written by some film student out of NYU, no studio would've made it.

don't get me wrong...i certainly wasn't bored watching it. when you have larry david, ed beagley jr, and woody dialog, it's certainly not a boring time. but this time out, it was disappointing.

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