Oh, boy! Here’s a list that will prompt an argument or twelve – the Writers Guild of America (East and West) has released its list of the 101 Funniest Screenplays.
Woody Allen has six scripts listed; Harold Ramis has five, and Mel Brooks only four (!) – tied with Preston Sturgess. The legendary Charlie Chaplin only has three – tied with Monty Python’s John Cleese, the Coen Brothers and Christopher Guest.
If there was a comedy that has biblical proportions for the 21st Century, Year One would not make the cut even in the 1st Century. If we really wanted to "Meet Our Ancestors" as the movie’s tagline suggested, I highly doubt that the human race would survive and thrive. The movie follows Zed (Jack Black), a villager who is a lazy hunter who spears his fellow man rather than a warthog for food. He tries to win the heart of his dream lover Maya who is outside of his league in more ways than one.
The story of two Neanderthal-like men, who stumble and bumble away from their village and through a series of famous early Biblical stories, makes up the so-called plot of Year One. On paper I could see how a studio executive greenlit this project especially since Harold Ramis, writer of Caddyshack and Animal House, was at the helm. However if any movie yet to be released in 2009 is worse than Year One, I’ll be shocked.