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When they find a frozen cave-man in their back yard, two high-school outcasts thaw him and introduce him to modern life while he in turn gets them to actually enjoy life.

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Stoney and Dave find a caveman (Link) trapped in ice, thaw him out, and show him around town. Although Link is slow to catch on to basic concepts of 20th century life, he has no trouble impressing all the girls and helping Stoney and Dave find the coolness they've been searching for. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,693,477 (USA)
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The group that is playing at the Prom is funk-metal supergroup Infectious Grooves; featuring Mike Muir of the heavy metal band Suicidal Tendencies with vocals, Dean Pleasants on guitar, Adam Siegel of Excel on lead guitar, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction on drums, and Robert Trujillo of Suicidal Tendencies, who currently plays bass with Metallica. See more »

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The high school-aged characters are seen drinking in a bar and from a keg of beer. Since the reversal of Prohibition, the legal drinking age in California has always been 21. However, no one checks their IDs and it is possible for high school kids to get their hands on alcohol through fake IDs or other means. See more »

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Words and Music by Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Freddie Mercury
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This movie helped save my life!
11 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I Mean that literally!

I was going through a rough time in my life, and Encino Man was the only thing that could make me laugh!

Brendan Fraser was terrific, and I even learned how to like Pauly Shore after this movie...who up to this point I couldn't stand!

I saw it 8 (yes, that's EIGHT) times at the theatre in a four week period when it was out, and have watched it dozens of times since on video. Despite it's absurd premise, the movie worked for me, in the relationships that developed between Link, Dave, and Stoney, and the little family the three of them made.

It's goofy, it's at times stupid..and it's all around FUNNY! Just one of those little movies that if you will allow yourself to put reality on hold for 90 minutes, it can and will charm the socks off of you.


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