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At Theaters: 6/8/2001 On Video: 12/26/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 309906
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Chaos ensues when a meteor hits the earth carrying alien life forms that give new meaning to the term "survival of the fittest." There are only a group of misfit people standing between the aliens and world domination…which could be bad news for the earth.
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Comedy - It's pretty much what you expect it to be based on the previews, a silly, but FUN comedy. Based on their laughter, the screening audience I saw this movie with was obviously enjoying it very much. I believe anyone who enjoyed the Ghostbuster movies will probably enjoy Evolution.
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Cast and Crew Heading
David Duchovny RETURN TO ME, THE X-FILES, PLAYING GOD
Orlando Jones SAY IT ISN'T SO, DOUBLE TAKE
Seann William Scott DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?, ROAD TRIP
Julianne Moore HANNIBAL, THE END OF THE AFFAIR, AN IDEAL HUSBAND
Dir/Prod: Ivan Reitman SIX DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS
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Visual Effects
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PROFANITY: 4 GD's, No F-words. A couple dozen milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: No sex, some mild sexual remarks. Man's butt shown.
VIOLENCE: Creatures attacking people. Nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: Not a lot of action until the end of the movie.
COMEDY: Lots of comedy throughout. It should appeal to all ages.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "''Evolution'' has got too many bugs in its system: The script is weirdly uneven, and with Reitman's tendency toward loose pacing, slack punchlines twist all too slowly in the wind. On the other hand, the movie is visually witty and even marvelous when it comes to depicting the spectacular creatures evolving at a speed previously known only in the Bible.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "Despite a seemingly winning premise and a marquee laugh-generating director, Evolution is dull and stillborn, taking almost no chances and relying overmuch upon cheesy special effects. The script is not entirely without its clever moments, but I expected a lot more.''

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times  Full Review
Above Average "I can't quite recommend "Evolution," but I have a sneaky affection for it. It's not good, but it's nowhere near as bad as most recent comedies; it has real laughs, but it misses real opportunities.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 124 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
3
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
20
High
95%
13-19Teens (F)
19
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
25
High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
20
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
17
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
20
High
95%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

The reviews of "Fantastic" are unusually high across all age and gender groups. This, combined with the very few low opinions indicates a movie some will love and nearly all should enjoy, at least to some degree. This is a movie I can highly recommend, especially to anyone who enjoyed "Men In Black" or "Ghostbusters," since "Evolution" is so similar.

Be sure to read the few negative comments made to see if this is your type of movie. Some complained that it was silly and cheesy (I kinda thought that was evident from the previews :-).

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
It's pretty much what you expect it to be based on the previews, a silly, but FUN comedy. Based on their laughter, the screening audience I saw this movie with was obviously enjoying it very much. I believe anyone who enjoyed the Ghostbuster movies will probably enjoy Evolution.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Dr. Ira Kane (David Duchovny), a former government scientist, who has fallen into disgrace and wound up a teacher at a community college,is the first to discover the meteor's alien stowaways and the first to understand the significance of their rapid development. Ira's friend and colleague, Harry Block (Orlando Jones) is a geology professor at the college. Harry doubles as the women's volleyball coach and, admittedly, has more interest in spiking balls than speleology. That all changes when he is called to investigate the meteor crash site and drags Ira along for the ride.

Wayne, a hapless fireman wannabe, comes close to being pulverized by the meteor when it crashes into the Arizona desert. The ensuing alien invasion gives Wayne his dream shot at putting out the ultimate fire. He teams up with Ira and Harry and gets to fight off aliens and help save the world and, probably for the first time in his life, have a purpose."

The guys might have preferred to save the world on their own, but it is impossible to keep a discovery of this magnitude under wraps, and it isn't long before the government swoops in to take over. Leading the way is Allison, a beautiful but all-business epidemiologist from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ( Julianne Moore). Allison has little respect for Ira when she first learns of his checkered scientific past, but she soon figures out that they won't have a very long future if they don't join forces.

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