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Encino Man (1992)

PG | | Comedy | 22 May 1992 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dave
... Link
... Stoney Brown
... Robyn Sweeney
... Ella
... Matt Wilson
... Phil, Matt's Thug #1
... Will, Matt's Thug #2
... Mr. Brush
... Kim (as Jonathan Quan)
... Mrs. Morgan
... Mr. Morgan
Ellen Blain ... Teena Morgan
... Mrs. Mackey
Steven Elkins ... Mr. Beady
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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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Where The Stone Age Meets The Rock Age! See more »

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

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California Man  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,866,150, 24 May 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,693,477
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The actors playing the parents both previously appeared in films with a similar theme of suspended animation and revival. Mariette Hartley appeared in Genesis II (1973), about a man in suspended animation revived in the distant future after being buried by an earthquake; and Richard Masur appeared in The Thing (1982), as part of a team of scientists who revive a frozen, buried alien from the past. See more »

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When Link and his girlfriend are trapped by the cave in, Link is wearing a sort of crude hide shirt or jacket. When he comes out of the ice, he is only wearing a loin cloth. See more »

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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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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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Drive the Hell Out of Here
Written and Performed by Steve Vai
Courtesy of Relativity Records
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Homo Encino
9 October 2008 | by 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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