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Overall Rating
3.07

Awesome: 6.56%
Worth A Look40.16%
Average: 23.77%
Pretty Bad: 12.3%
Total Crap: 17.21%

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Evolution
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by Brian McKay

"Hilarious for X-Philes, and pretty damn funny for the rest of us, too."
4 stars

Mix one part David Duchovney and one part Orlando Jones. Add a tablespoon of "Tremors", a teaspoon of "Dune", a dash of "Independence day" and a dollop of "Jurassic Park". Sprinkle in a liberal ammount of alien goop, fungus, and bizarre life forms. Toss in a lit match, and you have "Evolution" - a flavorful blend of comedy and, surprisingly, some semi-intelligent sci-fi.

Some movies just work - not because the writing, directing, or acting is exceptionally stellar, but simply because the right chemistry is there. "Evolution" is a film that evolves beyond the sum of its parts to create a memorable comedy, the first we've seen from director Ivan Reitman in years.

Reitman was on a roll with his earlier films. "Meatballs", "Stripes", and "Ghostbusters" were all instant comedy classics. Then he started doing crap like "Twins", "Junior" (Schwarznegger in drag? That's not funny, just disturbing), "Father's Day", etc. But after a long slew of hit and miss, Ivan is back, and he got game.

Evolution begins with wannabe firefighter Wayne Green (Seann William Scott - a man with three first names, as if the extra "N" in Sean weren't enough overkill) is nearly flattened by a falling meteorite. Unsure what to do, he contacts Junior College Geology professor and girls' volleyball coach Harry Block (Orlando Jones) to come out and have a look at it. Harry drags his colleague and best friend, Biology professor Ira Kane (Duchovny), along for the ride, and they both quickly realize that they have stumbled upon the find of a lifetime. The space rock is not only quickly modifying the atmosphere around it, it is producing various monstrosities that are multiplying and mutating at an alarming rate. Soon enough (of course), the military takes over the investigation of the meteor, led by general Woodman (Ted "It puts the lotion in the basket" Levine). And, in order to insure that the film will have a designated babe and love interest for Duchovny, Julianne Moore joins the cast as clumsy CDC investigator Allison Reed (Looking the sexy bitch, as always, even if she is tripping over something half the time).

The cast members compliment each other well, and Duchovny and Jones have great buddy movie chemistry, with Scott along as the dim-witted but exuberant sidekick. Duchovny seems to be especially enjoying himself, since he is free to poke fun at his X-Files roots now that he is no longer contractually bound to them - and believe me, he does so frequently and gleefully with lines like "Oh no, you don't want to take this to the government. Trust me, I know those people". Fans of the show that made him famous will doubtless catch dozens of subtle scenes and jokes reminiscent of his Agent Mulder days. Jones seems to enjoy playing along with the in-jokes as well, and provides solid give-and-take with his co-star. Neither of them seem to be trying too hard, and their easy-going approach to their characters and dialouge just make the jokes that much funnier. The scenes where they saunter up to a dead monster, toting shotguns like they were at the OK-Corral, or sing along with "Play that Funky Music, White Boy" while driving across the desert, are guaranteed moments of laugh-your-ass-off fun. Meanwhile, the science-fiction elements of the story are competently done, and with a little work could have been incorporated equally well into a serious horror/thriller vein.

The result is a refreshingly intelligent comedy that will leave you laughing after you've left the theater, even if you don't catch every little in-joke. "Evolution" is like a chemistry set experiment that could have gone horribly awry, but turns out just right.

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User Comments

12/10/09 Chris Tanner My Favourite Movie of All Time 5 stars
11/04/09 Jeff Wilder Very funny sci-fi comedy. Better than Mars Attacks or Men In Black II. 4 stars
5/19/09 Rhys Hughes Crackin' fun film. There's always time for lubricant! 4 stars
6/09/08 PAUL SHORTT FEELS LIKE THE SCRIPT WAS CRANKED OUT TO MEET A DEADLINE 1 stars
4/19/07 Stevo UK It looks like a de''Evolution'' in Film making (pardon the pun.) 2 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega 'Ghostbusters' meet 'Aliens'. 4 stars
9/23/06 Charles Tatum Rejected Ghostbusters sequel without the laughs 2 stars
8/27/05 R.W. Welch Slapstick sci-fi. Okay premise devolves into FX for the sake of FX. 2 stars
6/12/05 Gecko Fanfoot A total waste of time and film 1 stars
3/22/05 Jeff Anderson Owes a great deal to director Reitman's GHOSTBUSTERS, but occasionally witty & cast is fun. 3 stars
6/05/04 john bale Another SF spoof in the MIB mold, mildy amusing thanks to a good cast and SFX. 3 stars
5/06/04 J.Peckerfoot This film is dog shit.i rarely say that about any film. 1 stars
1/16/04 Gecko Fanfoot A God-awful piece of shit AND a complete waste of time to boot! 1 stars
12/30/03 Littlepurch Funny, clever and enjoyable. Easily as good as Ghostbusters. 5 stars
6/30/03 francis Surely a film must make at least a little sense. This is plain silly. 2 stars
6/23/03 John Aster Habig Sucks like Joe Dirt and Eight Crazy Nights 1 stars
4/19/03 Ubu the Ripper Hilariously awful. How can so many good actors suck so bad at one time? 1 stars
4/13/03 Jack Sommersby A few good moments, but this is second-rate, lazy stuff. 2 stars
4/11/03 Jack Bourbon Great chemistry between Duchovny and Jones. 4 stars
2/11/03 Ubu the Ripper A complete waste of celluloid. Duchovny should be ostracized for being associated with this 1 stars
10/22/02 Jiz Fun flick, but nothing special. 4 stars
9/30/02 Butterbean The slapstick was stupid instead of funny. 2 stars
7/23/02 Bada Bing Crosby Not just unworthy of Julianne Moore, but all thinking human beings 1 stars
5/11/02 Keith unworthy of Julianne Moore's talents. 3 stars
4/16/02 Danielle Ophelia The cast was an effective compensation for its shortcomings. 4 stars
3/11/02 Jim Amusing and forgettable 4 stars
3/05/02 Alan Smithee The movie's okay, but Ms. Moore as always does a great job. 3 stars
2/27/02 J I'm pretty much with Greg, Y2 & both Eriks on this one. Good movie. 4 stars
2/25/02 Mitja Podgajski Not too bad:). 3 stars
2/10/02 Dawn Someone with "Some High School Chem" could prove their 'scientific' theories wrong! 1 stars
1/30/02 Monday Morning Very disappointing given its cast, director and EFX. 2 stars
1/21/02 The Bomb 69 should have been better, took too many shortcuts 3 stars
1/11/02 max zhang after I took the girl to this movie, she refused to have sex with me. 1 stars
1/03/02 Dave Gonyea This was sooooo bad, it hurt! 1 stars
12/07/01 Dominik Duprelle Terminal, desparate dreck-STINKS OUT THE SWAMP. 1 stars
12/06/01 KMG It was good....scott thinks it's retarded 2 stars
11/15/01 Marlene Steinberg I really enjoyed it. Took my whole family and found it to be very entertaining. 4 stars
11/15/01 Anita McNab As a X Files Fan, I knew that David Duchovny was Funny, and This Movie proves that he is. 5 stars
11/09/01 Mark "Let's shampoo us some aliens!" With quotes like that, how can you not see this movie? 5 stars
10/30/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Orlando Jones and Dan Aykroyd are the best HUMAN characters. 3 stars
10/26/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one of my all-time favourite films!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/13/01 Bevan R. Clark A derivative piece of shit. 1 stars
9/11/01 cameron it was very very funny. 5 stars
7/28/01 Turtle It's basically just Ghostbusters mixed in with Men in Black. Who said that was a bad thing? 4 stars
7/24/01 Gizzy Fun, despite a silly final 15 minutes 4 stars
7/11/01 Katherine Perry enjoyable and funny though at moments unneccessarily sophomoric. 4 stars
7/10/01 Anne Major cheese, but I had fun anyhow. 3 stars
7/03/01 Matthew Bartley Very funny 4 stars
6/27/01 russrickee Some parts funny, was expecting it to go somewhere, but it didn't 3 stars
6/23/01 Nightraven It did rehash some existing plots, but was still a good way to have fun for a little while/ 4 stars
6/22/01 brent young funny. used the ghostbuster formula. the shampoo part was hilarious. though not all got it 4 stars
6/22/01 ArtiGrafiche Was it a product commercial, or a movie? 2 stars
6/18/01 bobbuttons nothing too serious...a good time: oh yeah, DONKEY LIPS from Salute your Shorts is in this 4 stars
6/17/01 Thor-Leo Slow, flat, predictable, phoned-in performances. Bilked out of $7.50!!! 2 stars
6/16/01 LdyArdRhi Formulaic, scrape off ghosts and put in aliens and you have Evolution...but FUNNY. 4 stars
6/15/01 mc iedh very flat,unfunny,rushed,predictable; meant to be fun and giddy but ended just plain bad 1 stars
6/15/01 BrainPan expected some jokes. I wanted to like this, but no gut-busters. Duchovny still rocks. 3 stars
6/15/01 Rampage at least it beat Starship Troopers and MIB, I think Duchovny was good 4 stars
6/15/01 Brandon Glenn Rogers just saw this film the other day, loved it. 5 stars
6/14/01 JB Poor attempt to revist Ghostbusters. Rent Ghostbusters. Yet the hairy monster was cool. 2 stars
6/14/01 fishie definately worth going to see, orlando jones is hilarous. 4 stars
6/13/01 Jim Kidd I loved it, but it seemed like something was missing from the whole movie 4 stars
6/13/01 bats If Reitman wanted to make a Ghostbusters ripoff, why not "GB II"? Lame. 2 stars
6/13/01 Darren Shea a fun, dumb comedy with good chemistry between the leads. 4 stars
6/13/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Perfect summer fare...Duchovny has amazing comedic timing...Moore's good, too... 4 stars
6/12/01 Biz McNatch Easygoing and affable. Orlando finally has a real performance. Dave should always do comedy 5 stars
6/12/01 TheFirkin It's not Ghostbusters but it was great! 4 stars
6/12/01 Mike TERRIBLE 1 stars
6/11/01 BKrymsin Constant laughs; but ended with a sputter. 4 stars
6/11/01 ArtiGrafiche A piece of product marketing crapola! 2 stars
6/10/01 Benjamin Lesbian What a load of horseshit! Very pedestrian ripoff of Ghostbusters! 2 stars
6/10/01 Turtle Ghostbusters meets Men in Black. What a wonderful experience. 4 stars
6/10/01 Jim Kidd I laughed throughout the whole movie, but I felt that it was also missing something 3 stars
6/09/01 AgentDS I went to see David, nothing more! 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  08-Jun-2001 (PG-13)

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