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Encino Man (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  22 May 1992 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil, Matt's Thug #1
Will, Matt's Thug #2
Kim (as Jonathan Quan)
Ellen Blain ...
Esther Scott ...
Steven Elkins ...


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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A chillin' new comedy in full Neandervision. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

California Man  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$40,693,477 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film Stoney (played by Pauly Shore) has an obsession with Jeopardy. Jeopardy played a major role in Shore's later film Jury Duty. See more »


When David climbs up the pool ladder, his mother bends over to talk to him. The crew and camera equipment form a clear shadow on her back. See more »


Stoney: I hope he doesn't gnaw on our beaks.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, the screen shows "THE END" ... and then "BUD-DY" See more »


References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »


Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine
Words and Music by Prince B. (as Attrell Cordes)
Performed by PM Dawn
Courtesy of Gee Street/Island Records
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Fun entertainment when your brain shuts down
15 January 2004 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure why, but still to this day I love to sit down to Encino Man. I think because I just loved it as a child and it's like that blankie you can't get rid off. Also, you need those comedies that you can just sit down too and just have fun and relax. Yes, it has Pauly Shore which granted can be scare-E! :D But he's actually amusing as well in the film.

We see a very young Brendon Fraser as Link the caveman, yes, he doesn't have much to work with the grunting and such. But he was just priceless in that club scene and the seven eleven with Pauly. He's also just so cute and lovable when he sees Dave and Stoney getting into a fight and he pulls David back screaming to him "Family!". It was actually touching, I'm serious. Sean Austin plays Dave, he's come such a long way and in my opinion is the most successful child star to not get hooked on drugs or let the industry take him over. He does such a good job as the pretty self centered and insecure but nevertheless lovable guy who wants to get the girl. Pauly plays Stoney, a well, I think he's somewhat of a stoner. :D But he's pretty funny in the film with some of his lines. Come on, I think we all dug him in his day.

While yes, Encino Man is not Oscar material, it's just a fun time to sit down and enjoy with your friends. So, a 5.0? It's just a movie, let go and grab the popcorn for a few laughs. If you didn't laugh at that scene where Link speaks Spanish to the Hispanic gang members, you have some serious issues.


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