Adam Weber is the child of an eccentric inventor and his wife. Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers in their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam Weber must venture out into Los Angeles and obtain food and supplies for his family. He meets Eve, who reluctantly agrees to help him out.Written by
One of three feature films starring both Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Walken. The movies are 'Blast from the Past' (1999), 'Excess Baggage' (1997), and 'Gods Behaving Badly' (2013). See more »
When Adam drops his baseball cards and Eve helps to pick them up, they forget one card located near the side of the suitcase. When the scene changes to where Adam and Eve start to walk away, the card is gone, although no one ever bent down to pick it up. See more »
So for four thousand dollars, all I have to do is drive you to your hotel?
And I don't have to take a physical in your spaceship?
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In the U.K. the widescreen version of the VHS runs 10 minutes longer than the pan n' scan version. Additional scenes include:
When Calvin goes up to the world for the first time in 35 years, he sees a guy looking for food in bins.
When Adam and Eve tell his parents to shut the locks for 2 months, the scene goes on where they ask them to at least stay for dinner. Here, we see Calvin telling Adam a joke, Eve helping out in the kitchen, Adam getting a brief explanation about human reproduction and Eve telling Helen that she's from Pasadena.
See the movie to find out why, but Brendan Fraser's crazy dad has had him underground for thirty years in an elaborate bomb shelter, so that when Brendan finally goes upstairs in the 90's to get more supplies for his parents, he's in for a bit of a shock.
Christopher Walken is wonderful as the crazy, atomic-age inventor. Alicia Silverstone deserves to be on screen more - she's cute and sassy as the love interest, but still pulls funny faces with her mouth. Brendan Fraser was a perfect choice for the biggest fish out of water ever. His fresh-faced naivety is so convincing. He's larger than life, and sometimes so naive its corny, but he's consistent, so it works. Depending on what mood you're in, Sissy Spacek's part adds psychological depth to the movie or detracts a tad from the fun.
This movie is not at all implausible. There were many people as scared as Christpher Walken during the 60's. In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy and Khruschev were one button press away from blowing us all to smithereens (see Thirteen Days for a historically accurate portrayal of this). And Walken's character is set up as crazy enough to build and stock his shelter with 30 years worth of supplies.
8/10. Terrific fun time-skipping romantic comedy buoyed by the personality of Fraser - perfect to watch with a sweetheart, or with family on a warm weekend in.
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