ENCINO MAN * (Theatrical Release USA 1992)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.8|5.0 Stars ìì

Encino Man—a good concept—needs some backup with meaningful acting and a script re-write. It’s one of those movies that doesn’t mean anything and serves no useful purpose other than an occasional chuckle. It’s reminiscent of the low-budget beach party style movies that were so popular in the 1960s.

Film Poster courtesy of Wikipedia


Two teenagers, Dave (Sean Astin) and Stoney Brown (Pauly Shore), unearth a caveman, Link (Brendan Fraser), who has been preserved for millenia in a chunk of ice. After unthawing, the caveman revives and the two teens work to bring him up-to-date with modern civilization.

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Les Mayfield for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive and Co-executive Producers Hilton A. Green and Michael Rotenberg for making the film possible.  Additional characters/cast include: Robyn Sweeney (Megan Ward), Ella (Robin Tunney), Matt Wilson (Michael DeLuise), Phil/Matt’s Thug #1 (Patrick Van Horn), Will/Matt’s Thug #2 (Dalton James), Mr. Brush (Rick Ducommun), Kim (Jonathan Ke Quan), Mrs. Morgan (Mariette Hartley), and Mr. Morgan (Richard Masur).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. There are better caveman movies that hit the bulls’ eye for entertainment value like the animated movie The Croods.

* Also known as California Man

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