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Year One

Zed and Oh (Jack Black and Michael Cera) find themselves caught between a rock and the Stone Age when they are banished from their village. Now the lazy, good-for-nothings are forced to fend for themselves in an evolving world that lives by "survival of the fittest" rules. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D
Violence: C
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 92
Theater Release: 19 Jun 2009
Video Release: 06 Oct 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Year One Rated PG-13?

Continual and pervasive sexually oriented dialogue is the focus of this film about two “cave men” who travel and meet people from the Old Testament. Various sexual topics are discussed, especially those involving sodomy and circumcision, and the vast majority of “humor” in this film is derived from similar sexual remarks. While there is no overt nudity (some men are seen topless and some women are dressed in bikini-like outfits) an orgy is depicted and homosexual situations are alluded to, along with discussions of sexual mutilation, bestiality and incest. A sexual expletive, various crude terms for sexual anatomy and other profanities are used in the script. Violence includes human sacrifices (virgins—mainly women—are thrown into a fire, but they disappear and are not seen burning), hand-to-hand fighting (along with other skirmishes a man is beaten on the head with a rock until he dies and a man is killed with swords and knives), a decapitation, and the use of people as slaves. Drug references are heard. Biblical figures are presented in a way that may be perceived as sacrilegious and offensive.

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