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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 <>

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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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Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

California Man  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$40,693,477 (USA)

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Both Jonathan Ke Quan (Data) and Sean Astin (Mikey) appeared on-screen together briefly in this movie. It marks the first and only time any original cast members of The Goonies (1985) appeared on screen together again. See more »


Before Matt breaks into Dave's room, Dave and Stoney are sitting by the pool, drinking beer, with a keg behind them. After they hear the break-in, the keg and beer glasses are gone, and there is a bowl of tortilla chips on the table. The glasses reappear during the earthquake tremor. See more »


Dave: Matt Wilson? I mean, what a jerk! What does she see in him, anyway?
Stoney: Well, he's got the buff spikes chillin' on top of his melon, obviously, right?, - dude, he's checking her cheeks! oh oh! - he's got the serious beak, and his own personal holding company full of fundage, bro, that he weases off of ma... ma...
Dave: [finishing the phrase] ... jor.
Stoney: 18-inch bi's - mine are only 4...
Dave: ...besides that.
Stoney: He walks like this, right?.
[struts in a manly fashion]
Stoney: Just like this, right? The nugs fully loose.
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Homo Encino
9 October 2008 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

I expected the usual stoner-gross-out-high-school-comedy and had also heard that Pauly Shore was a comedic one-trick-pony (I'd read about all those Razzies he had been awarded). Also, the premise of high-school kids finding a thawed-up "cro-magnon" man and becoming friends with him didn't bide well, so I kind of watched this out of completism and deep-rooted cinematic masochism. Turns out I was way off the mark. "Encino Man" is thoroughly enjoyable, and one of the best movies of its genre. And Pauly Shore is my god now, he really made this movie. Well, he may be a one-trick-comedian, but at least at he's the godfather of this one trick. The stoner-surfer-dude has been done ad nauseam in high-school comedies, but Pauly Shore is the stoner-surfer-dude to rule all other stoner-surfer-dudes. His figure is not just funny and dude-ish, but also eccentric and frail (almost a bit camp). When I read that he comes from a family of comedians, I wasn't surprised. I see a lot of comedic and dramatic talent in him, and it's a shame that he seems to have fallen out of favour recently.

Anyway, the movie. Luckily, the pretty goofy plot doesn't put it in harm's way. Two likable social dropouts find a stone age survivor in their back yard, and decide to smuggle him into their school in order to heighten their own peer standing. This goes terribly awry when the hunky pre-human becomes a hit with the ladies. Man seems to be set in atavistic struggle against pre-human (and stoner dude), but luckily they eventually find their moral bearings: the humans learn the benefits of sticking together from their thawed-out friend, and the cro-magnon learns to go "halfies" on his microwave burrito.

Like I said, I really enjoyed Pauly Shore here. He made this movie. The other actors are also good, there's great dialogue, and the babes are babe-alicious. I also enjoyed the fact that the underdogs were the protagonists here.

To give you a ballpark comparison, it's au pair with Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Yes, it's that good, buuuh-dy.

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