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Evolution (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 8 June 2001 (USA)
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A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.


Ivan Reitman


Don Jakoby (story), David Diamond (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Duchovny ... Ira
Julianne Moore ... Allison
Orlando Jones ... Harry
Seann William Scott ... Wayne
Ted Levine ... Gen. Woodman
Ethan Suplee ... Deke
Michael Bower ... Danny (as Michael Ray Bower)
Pat Kilbane ... Officer Johnson
Ty Burrell ... Flemming
Dan Aykroyd ... Governor Lewis
Katharine Towne ... Nadine
Gregory Itzin ... Cartwright
Ashley Clark Ashley Clark ... Lt. Cryer
Michelle Wolff ... Carla
Sarah Silverman ... Denise


When a meteorite falls to Earth two college professors, Dr. Ira Kane and Prof. Harry Phineas Block, are assigned the job of checking the site out. At the site, they discover organisms not of this planet. Soon the site is taken over by the government, forcing Ira and Harry to the side. As the new life-forms begin to evolve and start to get more and more dangerous, it's up to the two professors to save the planet. Written by FilmFanUK

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shampoo | alien | chase | hero | helicopter | See All (97) »


Coming to wipe that silly smile off your planet. See more »


Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, and for sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evolution See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,408,351, 10 June 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The clumsiness in Julianne Moore's character was her idea. See more »


Generals and CDC scientists do not argue cases in court or ask questions of witnesses. See more »


[first lines]
[At night, Wayne drives out to a shack in the desert and places a mannequin inside it. He is wearing a yellow fireman's coat, without a fire department's name on it]
Wayne Grey: Despite all the warnings, she was smoking in bed, fell asleep. Bad move.
[He sloshes gasoline inside the shack and strikes a match]
Wayne Grey: And the fire begins. Showtime!
[Hollering in fake excitement, he charges into the shack]
Wayne Grey: Don't worry, ma'am, I'm here to save you!
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Alternate Versions

In the courtroom scene, 'Julianne Moore (I)''s character's top pops open, flashing David Duchovny and contributing to her character's inherent clumsiness. This was later cut from the theatrical release, but remnants of its effect can be seen in the courtroom scene. At the beginning of the scene, the top button of her blouse is obviously stretching her blouse, and later we see her clutching her jacket over the open shirt. There is also an allusion to it later in the diner when Orlando Jones comments upon Duchovny's ex pulling off one of his old shirts, saying all the women he's met today have taken off their shirts in front of him. See more »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #27.2 (2002) See more »


Baby, Come On Over
Written by Samantha Mumba, Arnthor Birgisson & Anders Bagge (as Anders Sven Bagge)
Performed by Samantha Mumba
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Good, Original Feeling Film....
6 July 2001 | by keith.rogersSee all my reviews

The first thing to say is that this review is written by a non-American. This is to say that a different set of principals are brought to bear on the subject matter. I'm sure that other in the U.S and around the world will(and have)expressed opinions, but this one comes from "a whole other country". Evolution is a very enjoyable film. It has been made in a summer of super event movies, and film/game conversions and I feel stands alone as the only comedy with an original source material (in sci-fi anyway).

It is highly enjoyable. If you're paying 5 pounds (or $8.50) you need to find a film that refreshes your sentiments with regards to just what a big "money" film should be. As I sit here smoking a cigarette and drinking a 7up, I figure this film to be a winner. The principals act in a manner appropriate to the subject material, and although Mr. Duchovny is not a comedy actor, I feel he acquits himself admirably in an unfamiliar field. Mr. Jones is a relative newcomer to the cinema, and I reckon that over time he may very well ascend to the the same esteemed level as Eddie Murphy, or his latterday composite (of sorts) Will Smith.

The plot is most sound, and although it draws some comparisons to "Ghostbusters" as other critics have noted, it stands alone as Summer 2001's most original comedy event movie. Mr Reitman, a veteran knows how to make films play easily, is one of the few directors who knows how to use good comedy actors. With this in mind, no one is underused, perhaps with the one exception of Mr. Dan Aykroyd, nowadays underrated for some insane reason, but who is extremely talented. It's a shame that Aykroyd's presence as a "big" man is more valued then his acting talent, because he's always a delight to watch.

To cut in some sourness, there's not a lot of involvement with the central characters, and you do find yourself watching people being cheated into a state of reaction at the expense of the colourful effects, but that's the way it was made, and we can't change that.

In all I would recommend this film to the less morose viewer, as it's cheerful, colourful, and does not require an over-critical view. Watch it, and the hell with the printed criticism - you'll enjoy it.

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