MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

A former Pentagon scientist, Professor Ira Kane (David Duchovny of televisions THE X-FILES), is relegated to teaching community college in a small Arizona town because of a serious mistake during his development of an anthrax vaccine. A sudden meteor crash and subsequent discovery of alien life affords Kane and volleyball coach/geology professor Harry Block (Orlando Jones) the opportunity to rise from obscurity. With visions of Nobel Prizes in their heads, Kane and Block set out to protect their discovery from evil, bumbling military officials and, at the same time, save mankind from the quickly-evolving aliens. Comparisons are inevitable since the film comes from the same production team that created GHOSTBUSTERS. Unfortunately for this action-comedy, similar hilarity does NOT ensue. Laughs are few and far between unless you happen to be fond of bathroom humor. A major tenet of Darwins theory of evolution is survival of the fittest; EVOLUTION may not fit the theory.

EVOLUTION offers few redeeming qualities. However, the friendship between the two main characters is inspiring and one does credit God for success. But the theory of evolution is portrayed as scientific fact in this film. Most of the humor is derived from sexual dialogue, bodily functions, or military and government bashing. One alien scorpion gets under a man's skin and is removed through his rear, while another alien gets a fire hose up its backside for supposed laughs. Several sudden appearances of scary aliens may frighten younger viewers. Mild and moderate violence is plentiful as aliens and humans battle. Crude language, obscenities and sexual innuendo are almost non-stop. Discerning viewers will want to opt for something more evolved than EVOLUTION.

Preview Reviewer: John Barber
Dreamworks SKG, 100 Universal Plaza, Bldg 477, Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (43) times - Mild 30, moderate 14

Obscene Language: Many (15) times - S-word 4, other 11

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 7 (G, GD, C sake); exclamatory 1 (great merciful C)

Violence: Many times Moderate (explosion of meteor/car thrown, man hits head on car, hose hits fireman in crotch, alien eats another, alien punches/throws man, alien grabs mans face/ crushes soldiers, men punch/shoot alien, fiery explosion, alien drags man into water, alien crashes into mall and grabs girl)

Sex: None, but implied as man sneaks away with woman

Nudity: Few times (male rear); Near nudity - Few times (low-cut blouses emphasize cleavage, woman begins to undress bra shown - but stopped)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (male coach says he sees female players shower, comments related to sexual experiences, reference to pornographic website, male grabs his crotch for emphasis, reference to unconventional sex, man mimics sex motion, female falls face first into mans crotch, bra put on statue of university mascot, man tells woman to take off shirt)

Drugs: Professor tells students not to eat mushrooms, alcohol drinking, cigarette smoked

Other: Theory of evolution portrayed as scientific fact, military and government leaders portrayed as inept and corrupt, alien slithering around under mans skin removed through rear, firehose sprayed up aliens backside, flatulence, ethnic oriented jokes

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and Adults

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