Some people claim Harold Ramis’ best directorial days are behind him, that his best films were also his first, and that he’ll never come close to those comedic masterpieces again. You’d be hard pressed to find any real argument against that theory in Ramis’ filmography… his hilarious one-two-four punch to the funny bone of Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and Groundhog Day (yes, I am skipping his third film, Club Paradise) was followed by a string of movies ranging in quality from the mediocrity of Multiplicity to the fecality of Bedazzled. Ramis is back this year with his first feature film since The Ice Harvest in 2005, and his first straight comedy since 2002’s Analyze That. Check out the new trailer.
The Year One stars Jack Black and Michael Cera as a two primitive hunter-gatherers who set off on an epic quest throughout the ancient world. It looks to be a broad comedy based on the trailer, but also based on the fact that the film’s historical time line is all over the place. There’s a hint of a cavemen aesthetic combined with various biblical bits purported to take place across hundreds of years… the film may be funny, but it’s level of integrity pales beside the biblical laughs mined in Dudley Moore’s Wholly Moses!
The Year One hits theaters June 19th.