Speciation in the movies

Last week I posted about the National Academy of Sciences’ new committee on ensuring that science is portrayed accurately by Hollywood.  Here’s Hollywood’s pre-committeee attempt to do so, from the egregious movie Evolution (2001), starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, and Julianne Moore.

The assignment on the blackboard undoubtedly refers to one of the several papers that my student Allen Orr and I co-wrote on speciation in fruit flies (“Drosophila”, written behind Bloom’s Jones’s shoulder).  The page numbers are completely fictitious.


  1. Posted July 4, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    What? How did this get past the Hays Code?

  2. endrekovacs
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    This is hilarious.

  3. Kevin
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I *LOVED* that movie.

    Completely whacky fun. I don’t think anyone would confuse the goings-on in that movie with reality.

    Think of the reference as an homage.

  4. Posted July 4, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    You and Allen Ore truly are famous.

  5. Tea
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Who’s Bloom?

  6. Posted July 4, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    “Play That Funky Music.” This movie was a lot of fun.

  7. Brian
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Orlando Bloom or Orlando Jones? Freudian?

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted July 4, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      A mistake, now corrected. Thanks.

  8. Onychomys
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    You should demand residuals! Granted, it probably doesn’t sell many DVDs, but every bit helps!

  9. Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    That is SO COOL.

  10. Hempenstein
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Cool – known of if for a long while but this is the first time I’ve seen it since cropped in the video version.

    Can you do something key this image so that it comes up when searching “Coyne & Orr” in Google images?

  11. Marella
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    This is one of my favourite movies of all time! Such fun.

  12. Evolution SWAT
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I loved that movie too. Hopefully no one misunderstood it for the real thing. It is awesome that Coyne is referenced there. I would have never known!

  13. Ian
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Great movie; Head and Shoulders above the rest!!


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