First off, I must say that I had heard many detractors saying hat this movie was beyond cheeseball, schlocky crap with fart jokes, and gross out humour and was not even worth watching. I, being a Michael Cera fan and for the most part enjoing the films of Harold Ramis, refused to listen to them and added it proudly to my Netflix queue. I then waited weeks while other patrons watched it ahead of me, anxiously anticipating the day I would find that red envelope in my mailbox. It arrived today and as I sat down and began watching I saw that there was a lot of dumb humour but I was also rather enjoying myself. For about 45 minutes. The storyline and characters had been set, and the plot thickened as Jack Black and Michael Cera wandered from their tiny village to explore the world beyond. 'The Wheel!!! Ooooh Ahhh!!'. A few chuckles, even a few out loud laughs. Then the story got increasingly more convoluted and by the time Oliver Platt shows up, (Whom I usually adore, by the way) I had lost all interest and began to wonder who was winning the Falcons game. That game, as it turns out, was far more interesting, and I turned off Year One about 3/4 of the way through to enjoy it.
I used to love Jack Black. High Fidelity, Shallow Hal, and Orange County being my favorites. But I have grown so tired of his schtick. Like Will Ferrell, his movies have lost all intrigue for me. Lesson learned. As for Michael Cera, I fear he is on a similar path. To this point, I have thoroughly enjoyed his uncomfortable nerdy cool. Superbad, and Nick and Norah were great, but I'm just not sure I can take much more of the same. I'm ready for more. As for the works of Harold Ramis, here's hoping he makes a comeback from this tragedy.