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Encino Man (1992)

PG | | Comedy | 22 May 1992 (USA)
When they find a frozen caveman 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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In the scene where Brendan Fraser is eating out of the dog bowl, he is actually eating Cookie Crisp, a popular breakfast cereal. See more »

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When Link and the guys first enter the school, the cameraman is reflected in the glass door that Link runs into. See more »

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Stoney: I hope he doesn't gnaw on our beaks.
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Before the end credits, the screen shows "THE END" ... and then "BUD-DY" See more »

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References Late Night with David Letterman (1982) See more »

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Keep Yourself Alive
Words and Music by Brian May
Performed by Queen
Courtesy of Hollywood Records and EMI Records
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The best movie ever made!*
9 April 2005 | by (the big city) – See all my reviews

*about a Cro-Magnon man attending high school.

*featuring Sean Astin as a non-hobbit.

*that's got Pauly Shore in it.

I just saw this movie again after many, many hundreds of years, and bugger me if it hasn't IMPROVED with age! (er, by that I mean it HAS...)

I was a bit like the Sean Astin character when I was at school. If only I'd had a caveman of my own to help me pull chicks, how differently things might have turned out...

Okay, so the movie has no basis in reality, but who would expect it to? Cavemen aside, it's a TEEN movie, and they NEVER depict real people or situations. At least, not on any planet I've ever been to.

This movie doesn't pretend to be anything outstanding. It's intended purely as entertainment, and that's what it is.

It appears to have been promoted as one of those frightful "Pauly Shore movies", but it's not. He's really just a supporting player (and is nowhere near as annoying in small doses, it turns out). This is Brendan Fraser's flick. If anyone else had played Link, I can't imagine the movie being as good as it is.

My one beef is that Sandra Hess ("Cave Nug") wasn't given enough screen time (but then, as far as I'm concerned, she's NEVER given enough screen time).

I never knew Scatterbrain had covered "Mama Said Knock You Out", either. That's cool.

Okay, I'm going for a lie down now.

Bye.


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