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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
After seeing a that Clueless was funnier after I moved to LA, I decided to rent Encinio Man because maybe I would get some jokes I didn't get 20 years ago.
Well, no worries, I didn't get anything new and I wish I could get the two hours of my life back.
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I'm a 90s kid so of course I'm gonna think this cheesy movie is great! :DPublished 17 days ago by Avid Leigh
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it's entertaining.... As far as a movie thats about Sam (from Lord of The Rings) being a dick to Caveman Brendan Fraser and his constantly high best friend Pauly Shore... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer