Movie Review

Evolution

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and for sci-fi action.

Reviewed by: Doug Stuart
CONTRIBUTOR

Very Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Comedy
Length:
1 hr. 41 min.
Year of Release:
2001
USA Release:
June 8, 2001
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Featuring: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott and Sarah Silverman
Director: Ivan Reitman
Producer: Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck, Daniel Goldberg, Dan Goldberg
Distributor: Dreamworks SKG

Take the idea of “Ghostbusters”, the sci-fi creativity of “Jurassic Park”, and the seemingly too-smart antagonist of “Tremors”. Pack it all in from the director of “Ghostbusters”, the humorous antics from Orlando Jones and Sean William Scott, and the great acting from David Duhkovny, and you have “Evolution”.

When a meteor carrying one-celled alien organisms lands on earth, two science professors and a college-aged kid find that the organisms are evolving at a rate millions of times faster than our “evolving” into the human race. Since these alien creatures can evolve very rapidly (three weeks in the film), it is vital to destroy them. The government steps in, and tries to find military tactics to destroy them. But there’s one problem: (I’ll not give it away). Leave it to our two profs (Jones and Duhkovny), a kid who knows absolutely nothing but how to drive a fire truck (Sean William Scott), and a Pentagon doctor (Julianne Moore) who falls for one of the profs to save the world.

The solution? Head and Shoulders. Yes, the shampoo. There is an active ingredient that would kill these alien creatures, and our team of four (can we say Ghostbusters again?) has their work cut out for them.

While I don’t want to write a dissertation, I would certainly like to defend why I believe this movie was really great. For one, it was produced by DreamWorks SKG, Steven Spielberg’s distribution company. Second, you have a team of actors who make this film carry through without having to drone in on one character’s development. Third, the age-target is late teens to early twenties; and to this age group, it satisfies. Fourth, plotline isn’t what this movie is all about—it’s about science fiction and humor.

Scene from “Evolution”

Sexual innuendos and swearing is part of the world. We cannot expect Hollywood to adhere to biblical standards in making movies. “Evolution” has swearing, and many sexual references (in jest mostly), so if that is offensive to you, you may wish to skip “Evolution”.

However, if you are looking for a laid back entertaining comedy not too high on the intelligence factor, “Evolution” may be for you. But if you want a deep plot with developing characters and the humor of Robin Williams, forget it.


Viewer Comments
…some positive moral and redemptive qualities, including a comment about the great, merciful Christ and an exclamation of victory, With God, all things are possible…
—Dr. Ted Baehr, Movieguide
This movie was funny. It had its low and its slow moments, but even those were at least enjoyable. There are those comedies that have you laughing through the entire two hours, this is not one of them. As a matter of fact, movies that accomplish that feat are rare, that is what makes them so memorable. If want to avoid sexual humor and foul language then you should not buy a ticket to a movie with a PG-13 next to the title. Yes, David Duchovny does moon the camera in this film. “Butt Cheek a la Glass” doesn’t seem all that sexual to me. Remember nudity does not equal obscenity and there is still that pesky little PG-13 next to the title.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—Tyson Behrns, age 25
I do not mean to offend the reviewer, but how does the fact that Dreamworks SKG have their name on this make it a good movie? Besides that, I thought the movie was extremely unfunny, and though I like Orlando Jones he has yet to get a good movie role. The two dumb fat brothers, the senseless governor, and Seann William Scott’s character, who I guess were all supposed to be funny dimwitted characters, annoyed me more then made me laugh. I won’t comment on the films moral content, because I was trying to keep awake more then paying attention to the swearing and dirty jokes. The movie was horrible. I’d give less then one if they let me.
My Ratings: [Average / 1]
—Josiah H., age 17
…walked out less than ten minutes into the movie. In the space of that time I saw a teacher discussing (innuendo, of course) having sex with his student so she could pass a course that would make her more acceptable as a Miss Arizona candidate. Another teacher gave two morons C+’s for biology papers on cells. They had written two sentences about a prison cell, being too stupid to make the obvious connection. In any college class I ever attended those papers would have been handed back without even a comment. The kicker was when the protagonist had his car blown over and as it was being righted he just had to use God’s name in an expletive…
—Bill Hackett
I’m fairly sorry I saw this movie. The plot and story were good, but the crude sexual innuendos never seemed to quit. I initially thought, “OK, they’ve got that over with, now it will get better.” But it didn’t. It was one sexual innuendo after another. And of course using the Lord’s name in vain also didn’t stop. I think the reviewer of this movie has seen too many of the really bad movies. I think he’s been desensitized to it all. For his sake, I hope he steps out of the movie reviews for a while and carefully chooses the movies he goes to.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 4]
—Jim Young, age 41
I enjoyed this movie. No, it wasn’t a theatrical masterpiece and the story was goofy. Still, it had me laughing pretty much the whole time. Most of the humor was slapstick or cheesy, but if you’re not trying to take it as a serious piece of art, I think you’ll find it enjoyable.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 3½]
—Liz, age 18, non-Christian
…I personally enjoyed this movie. it’s about average fair; I’m glad I watched it, but I don’t think I’d add it to a DVD collection (unless it goes under $10). But it’s funny, you can see it at least once. Honestly, as for style and sense of humour, I wouldn’t rely on most of these viewer comments. it’s a sort of case of populist taste vs. elitist (ie: intellectual) taste. Most of those who tend to be doing viewer comments have a populist taste; some of those doing the actual reviews are a bit elitist (read: intellectual). Not everyone likes the same things, and so you should judge for yourself on style and humour. Also, people are quicker to make bad comments than good.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—N.M. Dorsan, age 21
…Some may dig Luhrmann’s deconstructionist, irreverent style, but the movie is too gimmicky and pleased with its irreverence to connect emotionally with audiences…
—Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
The VERY FEW LAUGHS were not nearly enough to redeem the irreverent tone of the entire film, the numerous curse words, the slime (apparently a rehash of the Ghostbusters theme from same director Reitman), the jokes centering around crudeness, sex and various body parts. Unfortunately, Duchovny moons another character he has a conflict with, and this was no in-the-distance, did-I-see-what-I-think-I-did… no no, this was right there, in the middle of the screen, full fledge, bare bottom.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 2½]
—Lori
This was a fun movie to watch. Of course there are the obligatory “bad guys” who want to ruin everything they’ve worked for, and the scenes with scientists working, cracking codes, formulas, etc. But we get through those scenes and move on to the fun scenes. Like when a flying creature invades a shopping center and the three leading men go get shotguns and become part time action heroes. As well, there was a nifty little scene that looked like it belonged in “Planet of the Apes.” Again, I liked the movie. It reminded me vaguely of “Galaxy Quest” (Both were from Dreamworks) for some reason.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—Jason Eaken, age 17
I was extremely disappointed with this movie. The jokes were either crude or just not funny and the plot was horrible. The script was not worthy of a major motion picture. I grew up with Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 and I must warn everyone that this is nowhere near the quality of those comedies. The actors seem to be struggling to make something out of the weak script and bad jokes, but to no avail. don’t waste your money.
My Ratings: [Average / 2]
—Todd, age 27
This was a very funny movie, but in no way very clean or wholesome. It also was pretty disgusting in some parts. A lot of the movie is aliens choking to death or being shot, or blowing up. So, if you don’t like nasty bug things or coarse jokes, skip this movie.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 2]
—Lacey Maxwell, age 13
X-Files/Sci-Fi fans don’t waste your time and money on this “bomb”. I haven’t seen a movie this bad since the black and white “drive-in” days. This movie wasn’t even bad enough to be funny! If you like David Duchovny, watch “Return To Me”—now that’s a nice movie.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 1]
—Lee Rand, age 52
Movie Critics
…Sadly, although the movie isn’t intended to be taken too seriously, the humor is more lame than funny, and the ratio of jokes that work to those that fall flat is embarrassingly low…
—James Berardinelli, ReelViews
…Ivan Reitman, who directed the film, also made “Ghostbusters,” and there are times when you can see that he remembers his earlier success all too well…
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
…The jokes are more locker room than sexual; lots of monsters jump out at you but otherwise not very scary…
—John Anderson, Los Angeles Times
…32 mild obscenities, several anatomical and scatological references, several sexual references and some religious exclamations…
—Kids-in-Mind
…some crude humor is present (including a character having an alien creature removed from his body via the rectum, and the heroes trying to kill a gargantuan alien blob via that same part of the body, etc.), …
—SCREENIT.COM