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Land of the Lost (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 5 June 2009 (USA)
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On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures.


Brad Silberling
4,687 ( 339)
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Dr. Rick Marshall
Anna Friel ... Holly Cantrell
Danny McBride ... Will Stanton
Jorma Taccone ... Chaka
John Boylan John Boylan ... Enik
Matt Lauer ... Matt Lauer
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Tar Pits Kid
Sierra McCormick ... Tar Pits Kid
Shannon Lemke Shannon Lemke ... Tar Pits Kid
Steven Wash Jr. ... Tar Pits Kid
Brian Huskey ... Teacher
Kevin Buitrago Kevin Buitrago ... Teenager
Noah Crawford ... Teenager
Jon Kent Ethridge Jon Kent Ethridge ... Teenager (as Jon Kent Ethridge II)
Logan Manus ... Teenager


Palaeontologist Rick Marshall takes Will and Holly into a new world of danger, dinosaurs and big bug-eyed lizard people while trying to find their way back home and, too, save the universe and in doing so saving his reputation. With the dinosaur with brains, brawn and personality and the adventure of scientific advancement and exotic beasts in a far away land, it all adds up to time traveling fun and frolics. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Universal Studios Invites You to Get Lost See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Land of the Lost See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,837,350, 7 June 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After their raft falls over the "edge", the arm and hand floating in the water is a nod to the scene in Jaws (1975). See more »


Just before the Allosaurus shows up, we see a closeup of Holly's video camera. She is supposedly recording the dinosaurs eating out of the ice cream truck, yet the LCD screen is completely off and so is the "recording" light (both of which would be very visible on a Handycam). See more »


[first lines]
Astronaut: Mission Control, come in. Mission Control, do you read?
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Crazy Credits

The early 1970's Universal logo is used in the opening credits. See more »


All Along the Watchtower
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of Experience Hendrix, LLC/Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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What Audience Was This For?
21 May 2010 | by mhlongSee all my reviews

First, I'm not sure what the complaining about the ratings is all about. Most critics would have given this a 1 or 2 to read the professional reviews. I think a 5 or 6 is quite reasonable, unless you love Will Ferrell.

I tried, I really tried to watch the original Land of the Lost when it was on, but it was obviously for kids about 6-12 (boys and girls) that being fairly older than that (late teens to early 20's), I just couldn't get into it. I mean, a park ranger and his two kids? A poor man's Lost in Space.

I turned it on several times (I really remember all the creatures, but the stars faces are lost to me!) The problem I have with this is that I think the writers/producers/directors were torn between what audience to appeal to - fans of the original Land of the Lost who would be in their 40's - 50's, or young boys 12-16.

So, they made a movie that really didn't appeal to either. Just fans of Will. Fine. I get the zaniness of the movie. Three lovable losers. Pratfall after pratfall. But, the dino urine turned me off. I get it, you didn't have to hit me over the head twice more (the second dose, the, uh, yeah!).

But I suppose what really turned me off was reading that two of the original stars were given cameos and then cut. Sorry, that tells me the writers/producers/directors didn't really love the original (how could they, they must have been about 3 - or less! - when it originally aired!). Part of the appeal of nostalgia is tossing out little appreciations to the original fans - like cameos. Because they axed them, to me, it meant they also axed the original audience.

I get the humor, sarcasm, satire, but it didn't do much. 5 is much better than 1, but it's only a so-so comedy.

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