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Encino Man
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2003
Format: DVD
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2008
Format: DVD
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. There is a short making-of kind of featurette from 1991 with a few of the big cast members in it, which for a fan, still makes owning the DVD worth it at a low price, along with having it in Widescreen, but if I'm being honest, when viewing the movie itself, I tend to just watch my old VHS copy, because it's 100% complete, no missing material.

Thought that people who really love this movie should know. If you're just a casual viewer, you probably won't mind this little flaw.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 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
on February 12, 2001
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2002
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2002
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2011
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2005
Format: DVD
The idea is counterfactual, of course. No surprise. But such ideas are allowed, and this one is full of possibilities, both comic and dramatic. None of those possibilities were explored in this film.

Instead, this is a garden-variety teen flick. It pushes all the teen buttons. The caveman morphs into a California hip teen in less than two minutes, and that's the end of the caveman as such. The three boys do rock dancing, ride the roller coaster, do rock dancing, play arcade games, do rock dancing, roller coaster, rock dancing, arcade games, roller coaster, rock dancing, etc. ad nauseum. To top it off, the caveman is a pacifist who wouldn't hurt a flea, not even to defend himself. Yeah, right.

The social commentary, the psychological insights that could have been evoked by a clever development of this idea! The truly comic situations that the caveman could have gotten into! It's time someone made a grownup movie starting from this idea.

The people who made this film clearly didn't know what to do with this splendid idea. Or, to use a word they would likely understand, they were clueless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2014
Format: DVD
Encino man is one of pauly shores best film and it's also is first just like Brandon Frasers it's about how mike and the weisel find this caveman in the back of Mikes supposed swiming pool after a earthquake happened they had to melt him down with. heaters and they called him link so he can be normal this movie is a must own or if not borrow it because this movie is a classic it was made 20 years ago and it has a excellent cast so you won't be sorry with your purchase.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2007
Format: DVD
Loved this movie since it came out, so I've had both the vhs tape and the dvd of it. Has anyone else noticed that on the dvd version, a part is missing? When Dave and Stoney are trying to teach Link how to fight to defend himself - at the end of that scene - you don't hear Stoney's wonderful line, 'Ow, my pancreas!'

What's up with that?

Oh, and I'd just like to point out that the movie Clueless (another great flick) owes a good part of its linguistic brilliance to Encino Man.
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