Comedic cast wasted in uneven ‘Year One’

Pelt-clad primitives Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Michael Cera) are incompetent and lazy and don’t pull their weight like the other men in their village.

Cert 15

Comedy/Romance

Pelt-clad primitives Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Michael Cera) are incompetent and lazy and don’t pull their weight like the other men in their village.

The friends are banished from the tribe, and embark on an epic quest through an ancient world of danger.

En route, the misfits encounter colourful characters including feuding brothers Cain (David Cross) and Abel (Paul Rudd), and circumcision-obsessed Abraham (Hank Azaria) and his son Isaac.

XZed and Oh arrive in Sodom, where the flamboyant high priest (Oliver Platt) threatens to sacrifice the buddies’ sweethearts Maya (June Raphael) and Eema (Juno Temple) to the gods.

The dippy duo orchestrate a daring rescue mission, but first they must outwit Sargon (Vinnie Jones), the bullish captain of the guards.

‘Year One’ is a ramshackle road movie through the Paleolithic era that squanders the talents of the two leads.

The out-takes, which play over the end credits, should have remained on the cutting-room floor.

Star Rating: 1/5.

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