Year One makes far fewer concessions to the family audience, although it could be much more explicit in depicting moral failings. Nevertheless, its failure to deliver consistent laughs only serves to highlight the film's theological content, which is rooted more in pop psychology than it is in Scripture.

Harold Ramis has made some great comedies (Groundhog Day) and some not so great comedies (Stuart Saves His Family). Year One falls somewhere on the lower end of the scale. Its take on the first book of the Bible might call to mind the description of the church at Laodicea in the last book of the Bible (Revelation 3:16):  It's neither hot nor cold. If you take it in, you might want to spit it out.


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CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity:  Lord's name taken in vain; some foul language, and much sexual innuendo; Isaac describes Sodom as the place where "the sinners are winners."
  • Smoking/Drinking:  Smoking; discussion of "smoking herb" and "killer hemp"; drunkenness; wine is promised as a post-circumcision treat.
  • Sex/Nudity:  A man does a fertility dance to win a woman's attention, and hits her in the head in hopes that he'll knock her unconscious and be able to drag her back to his hut before she comes to; a woman strokes men spears in a suggestive manner; men thrust sexually toward women; Zed shows Oh a piece of meat that resembles a sex organ; Adam allows Zed to lay with his daughter; Seth says he "multiplies with sheep"; a woman declares that she's attracted to other women; women are groped by men; Zed and Oh ask whether Sodom or Gomorrah has "more whores"; men are threatened from behind with spiked sticks; a woman eats a banana suggestively; a sheep's entrails include a pulverized rectum, which is said to be "not unusual" for a sheep from the region of Sodom and Gomorrah; a eunuch throws his testicle at another man; a man talks suggestively and writhes in pleasure as a young man rubs oil into his chest; an idol has a penile appendage; kissing; a man loses his virginity.
  • Violence/Crime:  A hunter is shot by another hunter's arrow; a man gets flipped onto the ground by other men; Zed eats animal waste; Cain tries to kill Abel several times before he succeeds; lightning strikes a man, who survives; Abraham nearly kills Isaac; sheep entrails are shown; a virgin is sacrificed in a fire; a prisoner is whipped repeatedly; a man is thrown from a great height; a human sacrifice brings much-desired rain.
  • Religion:  In addition to everything above, Zed eats from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; Abraham orders all men to be circumcised; someone questions whether God exists.