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

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

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22 May 1992 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,693,477 (USA)
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Film debut of Rose McGowan. See more »

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The napkin on Encino Man's shirt disappears and reappears throughout his dinner with the family. See more »

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Dave, and Stoney: [after Link enters the Drivers seat of the Student Driver Car] Oh God, Rad Mobile!
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Leave My Curl Alone
Words and Music by Hi-C (as C. Wilkerson) and T. Alvarez
Performed by Hi-C
Courtesy of Skanless Records
Sample of "Dusic"
Written by Ray Ransom (as R. Ransom), Reginald Hargis (as R. Hargis) and Jimmy Brown (as J. Brown)
Performed by Brick
Courtesy of Sony Music Licensing
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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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