Evolution
2001
Community college geology professors Dr. Ira Kane (David Duchovny) and Harry Block (Orlando Jones) make an unfathomable discovery: microscopic alien life-forms on a meteorite. The military, a government scientist (Julianne Moore) and others become involved as the microbes swell in size and number. But it's up to the professors to teach these monstrosities a lesson in director Ivan Reitman's goofy comedy.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

There's no problem casting David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, and Julianne Moore as scientists – they exude intelligence as human beings. The problem is casting them as moronic scientists with rocks for brains and expecting us to sympathize. (Now, asking supporting actor Seann William Scott to play a moron, that's just fine.) Evolution is a dim-witted comedy pitched at the broadest possible audience, and having pratfalls and rectum jokes for the kids does tend to water down the wit ostensibly pitched at adults. In other words, it's only mildly funny with this cast and this premise, but it's content to plod along in big-loud-stupid mode like most other expensive movies, and that's a shame. Great creature effects, though.

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Kris Weberg: Evolution was pretty clearly an effort to recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle of Ghostbusters, but -- as you point out -- by making the characters idiots instead of the nerdy eccentrics of the earlier film, Reitman et al. sabotaged their own effort. − February 26, 2007 • more by Kris

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