Head to Head – Year One

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Chris Richardson unleashed his unholy wrath upon Harold RamisYear One. For his troubles, he picked up a double pass to Toy Story 1 and 2 (in 3D). You can win free movie tickets too by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

Chris Richardson will argue AGAINST the film while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue FOR it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Chris Richardson – 2.5/5

Have you ever read the bible and thought, what would happen if you inserted toilet humour every few pages? No? Me either. Apparently though, Harold Ramis, the man who made comedy gold with Groundhog Day, did. And so Year One was born. And it is bad. Sure Michael Cera is too awkwardly funny not to like, and over the top Jack Black provides a laugh or two, but for the most part Year One is just plain boring. Perhaps my biggest qualm with this film is the half hearted effort to deliver a message. This film seems to have an opinion on religion, it just doesn’t want to tell you it. Whilst not horrendous (I did enjoy David Cross’ Cain), Year One is certainly not comedy gold, or even comedy silver.

Simon Miraudo – 3.5/5

It’s never a good sign when you have to add caveats to your defence of a film, but bear with me for a moment. No, Year One is not as good as past Judd Apatow productions, nor does it match up to Ramis’ best work (such as Groundhog Day). However, there are plenty of hearty laughs to be found in this loose little comedy. It works better as a collection of sketches than a cohesive narrative (the scenes featuring Hank Azaria, Paul Rudd, Oliver Platt and David Cross attest to this). But frankly, Michael Cera’s casting as a clueless gatherer is so inspired it elevates all of the material to the next level. He is so dry and so effortlessly funny that he makes the film eminently watchable. It’s true that Year One isn’t comedy gold or silver. That’s because it’s myrrh baby! Get Biblical!

Now it’s over to you! What were your thoughts on Year One? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

2 Responses to “Head to Head – Year One”

  1. i laughed my head off and i love Michael Cera. It was funny and had a unique setting. I enjoyed it and would give it 3.5 too.

  2. I didn't think it was anything 2.5 would do it for me.

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