Rural Texas, 1988. Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother Lance (Emile Hirsch) are spending the summer working to restore a country highway that has been decimated by wildfire. As they spend hours painting road markings and reinstating signposts it’s clear that, while their personalities couldn’t be more different, they have come to rely on each other in this alien landscape.
The devolution of comedy…
On paper, it must have looked like a hit. Directed by the legendary Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day), produced by modern comedy wunderkind Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and starring box office golden boys Jack Black (School of Rock) and Michael Cera (Superbad) – along with a host of familiar genre faces – Year One has enough talent behind it to fuel a blockbuster. Throw in a simple story of the adventures of two primitive hunter-gatherers that seemingly leaves plenty of room for Black and Cera to clown around, and you’ve got the formula for a comedy classic, right?
Oh, so wrong.