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Evolution
Evolution
Actors: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine
Director: Ivan Reitman
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2001     1hr 41min

Based on the evidence in Evolution, one thing is perfectly clear: special effects have evolved, but director Ivan Reitman has reverted to primitive pandering. Equally obvious is the fact that Evolution is a de facto rip-of...  more »
     
     

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Actors: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine
Director: Ivan Reitman
Creators: Daniel Goldberg, David Rodgers, Jeff Apple, David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby
Genres: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/26/2001
Original Release Date: 06/08/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 06/08/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 41min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 13
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 4/2/2014...
I just really liked this movie. It was funny. The actors were funny and Ivan Reitman did a good job.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 10/14/2013...
Sci-fi action comedy from Ivan "Ghostbusters" Reitman is a variation on the "Men in Black" formula, with two slacker college professors (David Duchovny and Orlando Jones) dealing with an invasion by rapidly-evolving alien nasties that hitched a ride into their Arizona home town on a meteorite. Cool creature effects, and Duchovny has fun tweaking his "X-Files" persona while the jokes and alien fluids fly. Funny stuff!
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/11/2011...
This film had potential, but wastes it. What starts off as an interesting genre comedy soon turns into a badly done cliche filled mess. The monsters look cheesy, the actors mug for the camera & there's no point.
1 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Natassia D. from NEW WINDSOR, NY
Reviewed on 8/16/2010...
This movie was a lot funnier than it looks! Julianne Moore and David Duchovny are great together!
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Very light entertainment
Ashtar Command | Stockholm, Sweden | 12/13/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Evolution" is a comedy starring David Duchovny, Dan Aykroyd, Seann William Scott and Julianne Moore (an otherwise serious actress). The man behind the movie is Ivan Reitman, which may explain why some of the monsters in "Evolution" look suspiciously similar to the ghosts in "Ghostbusters", another Reitman classic.

"Evolution" is very light entertainment. Every other joke contains juvenile references to sex, fecal matter or nude behinds. As usual, the main character has a funny African-American sidekick. Also as usual, there is a smart female scientist involved, plus a whole lot of really stupid army officers and...of course, a state governor! Frankly, we've seen this before. The high school students are also stereotyped, including the stupid blonde girl and the two fat dorks (who naturally turn out to be heroes).

Is this funny? I think it depends on what mood you're in when watching it. The movie isn't badly produced, and the actors are all top of the class. But yes, if you want more substance or don't get the parody part, you might want to scream!

The plot is fairly straight forward. A meteorite collides with Earth. Or is it Arizona? The slime of the meteorite quickly evolves into monstrous fish, flying dinosaurs and blue (!) ape-men with a penchant for skull bashing. The dinosaur flies into a shopping mould and creates the usual panic. The military are called in and attempt to stop the monsters with napalm, which naturally gets the exact opposite effect. Eventually, the world is saved when the two fat bozos reveal that the monsters can be defeated by spraying them with Head & Shoulders shampoo!

OK, that was a new angle. I think.

In my opinion, "Evolution" isn't the best movie, or even comedy-parody, around. But as light Friday night entertainment, I guess it's alright.
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