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Encino Man (1992)

Sean Astin , Brendan Fraser , Les Mayfield  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore, Michael DeLuise, Rick Ducommun
  • Directors: Les Mayfield
  • Writers: Story By George Zaloom & Shawn Schepps, Screenplay By Shawn Schepps
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305433925
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Encino Man" on IMDb

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Starring Pauly Shore, ENCINO MAN unearths the biggest laughs in 2 million years! The fun kicks off when two high school buddies dig up a frozen caveman in their backyard! Once the living fossil thaws out, the friends figure he's their ticket to being cool. But the plan backfires when the newcomer turns everyday life upside down, generating pre-hysterical craziness wherever he roams! Co-starring Sean Astin (BULWORTH) and Brendan Fraser (THE MUMMY), you'll definitely dig ENCINO MAN -- the totally irreverent, totally awesome comedy that shows just how hilariously out-of-control things evolve once the stone age meets the rock age head-on!

Brendan Fraser made his film debut in this 1992 comedy that never quite discovers its audience constituency. On the one hand, it features Pauly Shore, which would seem to define the picture's tone and identity accordingly. On the other hand, the film's other leading man is Sean Astin, the earnest star of Rudy, suggesting that Encino Man will have a lot of heart despite its silly premise. But none of that turns out to be true. Fraser plays an unfrozen caveman discovered by a pair of California high school outcasts (Shore and Astin). As the grunting newcomer becomes popular with the other kids, Shore and Astin try to bask in his reflected glow. Fraser, beginning a long movie career playing cartoonish goofballs, works entirely on instinct and earns his laughs. Shore, however, relies on his familiar verbal shtick, and Astin makes a great overgrown puppy pining after a lost girlfriend. Directed by Les Mayfield, who came to this project from his acclaimed documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. --Tom Keogh

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as funny as it was eleven years ago July 1, 2003
Long before The Mummy...long before The Lord of the Rings...Brendan Fraser and Sean Astin appeared in a silly movie called Encino Man -- along with crazy perpetual teenager Pauly Shore.
And long before I grew up and got married and worried about my career, this was one of my favorite movies.
And, as I recently discovered, it still is.
Astin and Shore play Dave and Stoney, two high school kids who dig up a frozen caveman (Fraser) while trying to dig a pool in Dave's back yard (in an attempt to graduate from high school as two popular guys...guys who the girls find irresistible...guys who somehow convinced their parents that it was okay to dig a big hole behind their expensive California home). The caveman thaws, and Dave and Stoney turn him into a buff California high school student -- who, as far as anyone knows, is Linkavich (Link, short for Missing Link), an exchange student from Estonia. The plan, as Dave sees it, is to use their caveman to pick up chicks -- especially Robin, the girl of his dreams. But it all backfires when the girls start falling for Link instead...
Okay, I'll admit that this movie is unrealistic and totally ridiculous. But that's exactly why I love it. After watching it again -- for the first time in years -- I still laughed so hard that I almost fell off my chair. And I was reminded that many of the silly quotes that I still recite repeatedly originally came from this movie (and, believe me, there are plenty of great lines to choose from). Despite the fact that I've grown up (or at least grown older), I still like it as much as I did eleven years ago -- and I'm proud to say that it's the newest DVD in my collection.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for Movie, only 3 for DVD, here's why.... April 14, 2008
I don't need to review this movie in detail, it's a classic for me, I love it, grew up with it, etc etc. I just thought I should mention a flaw I noticed with the DVD release and that is that an entire line/joke from the movie seems to have been cut out from the DVD.

In the scene when Pauly Shore and Sean Astin are taching Link to defend himself, wrestle, karate, etc. Link picks Pauly Shore up over his shoulders, spins him around a few times and drops him hard on the floor. When this happens Pauly Shore is SUPPOSED to go "owww, my pancreas." When this movie came out and was popular that was one of the really funny and memorable lines in the movie that people would go around repeating. It helped make Pauly Shore a big star in the 90's with his Weasil Lingo. However, it seems that in the DVD the "owww, my pancreas" was just taken out of the film entirely, not dubbed over or anything, just gone, and I can't imagine why because it wasn't vulgar or inappropriate in any way. It was just funny, and in a comedy movie those things are kind of important.

I'd be curious to know from anyone else who knows the movie well and has a copy of the DVD if that line is missing from their copy as well.

It might not seem like THAT big of a deal, but trust me, it sucks the humor right out of the scene. That line was the big pay-off of that scene, and was funny and popular enough to turn into sort of a catch phrase in the early 90's. So watching the movie and noticing that is kind of a disappointment, which is why I have to take a couple of stars away from the DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see April 21, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
it is an fantastic concept for a movie plot. just how much trouble can a frozen man from the past get in? this man is even less refined than tarzan but has a better sense of humour. if your feeling down and want a pick me up this is a must see.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical! February 11, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is the best movie. I'm a little partial to Pauly being from his home town, but this movie would be a favorite of mine even I wasn't. You will ROLL on the floor, whether you love him or hate him, he and Brendan Fraser and Sean Austin make a great team!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A real guilty pleasure September 15, 2002
By A Customer
I find it hard to put a movie down that gives you some real good laughs and this movie does have it's moments. It's so unfathomable in it's plot, but that's what makes it a good escapism movie. The three leads (ASTIN, SHORE AND FRASER) are all aptly cast in their roles. Fraser plays the caveman (a little too convincingly), Shore is always good as the [silly] side-kick (but man is he good at that) and Astin..well he is so [darn] cutein this movie, who cares about his acting. ;)
If you are looking for an intelligant and profound movie watching experience, don't rent/buy this. Stick to the classics. If you want 88 minutes of silliness and nonsense, you're in the right place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kids loved this! April 27, 2011
By mom24
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When we told the kids we were going to watch Encino Man, they all went "What?!" We watched it one night and they LOVED it now they all go around saying "No wheezing the juice!" Even my 6 yr old thinks it was awsome. Now my kids' friends say "Whats Encino Man?" and I tell them to ask their parents! A new generation to enjoy some of the comedy of our time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No No Weeging the Ju uice!! January 21, 2002
By A Customer
This movie was funny as hell especially when he described the basic food groups to the caveman... And you've got to love the crazy arab clerks.
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