Encino Man

Encino Man

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Director: Les Mayfield

Cast: Les Mayfield, Sean Astin, Pauly Shore, Brendan Fraser

     
 
Les Mayfield directs Brendan Fraser in the fish-out-of-water comedy Encino Man. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English

Overview

Les Mayfield directs Brendan Fraser in the fish-out-of-water comedy Encino Man. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and a making-of featurette. This is a fine, if unremarkable release from Disney/Buena Vista.

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That Brendan Fraser plays a Neanderthal in Encino Man is a good metaphor for this early stage of his comic career -- he's developed some of the physical and vocal patterns of his later success, but he clearly hasn't yet evolved. Having shown promise in School Ties that same year, Fraser is no doubt acting down to the level of the material, which requires mostly grunts and wild gesticulations from him. Retrofitting a caveman with skateboarder duds and teen lingo was an inevitable idea for a movie, but Encino Man isn't quite as moronic as a viewer might expect, given Pauly Shore's involvement. At the center of either his own TV show or star vehicle, Shore is intolerable, but with less of the movie to carry, his grating schtick induces fewer groans. Aiming for the same audience as Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and using the same Southern California high school setting and fish-out-of-water/time themes, Encino Man occasionally rises to the level of a harmless, guilty pleasure. Fraser's physical comedy warrants some laughs, and the writing earns the odd grin now and again. Hearty thanks also go to Sean Astin for offsetting some of Shore's antics. Still, this bone-headed outing is much better suited to high school boys fluent in Shore's dated dudespeak.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2000
UPC:
0717951003379
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
8,409

Special Features

Production featurette; Theatrical trailer; French-language track; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Widescreen [1.85:1]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Astin Dave Morgan
Pauly Shore Stoney Brown
Brendan Fraser Link
Mariette Hartley Mrs. Morgan
Richard Masur Mr. Morgan
Megan Ward Robyn Sweeney
Rick Ducommun Mr. Brush
Rose McGowan Nora
Robin Tunney Ella
Wanda Acuna Maria
Mark Adair-Rios Peyton
Peter Allas Officer Sims
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter Bartender
Melinda Armstrong Mountain Nug
Erick Avari Raji
Heather Bennett Mountain Nug
Ellen Blain Teena Morgan
R.D. Carpenter Truck Driver
Julianne Christie Fresh Nug
Michael DeLuise Matt
Steven Elkins Mr. Beady
Jerri Renee Griffin Fresh Nug
Toni Herkert Fresh Nug
Sandra Hess Cave Nug
Christian Hoff Boog
Kyle-Scott Jackson Intimidating Cop
Dalton James Will
Deborah Lee Johnson Fresh Nug
Therese Kablan Fresh Nug
Jose Luis Lozano Charlie
Furley Lumpkin Science Teacher
Douglas McCallie Police Officer
Mike Muir Infectious Grooves Band Member
Jack Noseworthy Taylor
Stephen Perkins Infectious Grooves Band Member
Dean Pleasants Infectious Grooves Band Member
Jonathan Ke Quan Kim
Sicily Rossomando Senorita Vasquez
Esther Scott Mrs. Mackey
Adam Siegel Infectious Grooves Band Member
Robert Trujillo Infectious Grooves Band Member
Patrick Van Horn Phil
Noel L. Walcott Rastadude
Gerry Bednob Kashmir
Boris the Dog Buffie the Dog
Richard Montoya Enrique
Ricardo Salinas Loco
Herbert Siguenza Chuly
Michole Briana White Kathleen

Technical Credits
Les Mayfield Director,Producer
James Allen Production Designer
Robert Brinkmann Cinematographer
Marie France Costumes/Costume Designer
Hilton A. Green Producer
Peggy Holmes Choreography
Cheryal Kearney Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kelly Editor
Dana Olsen Screenwriter
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
Michael Rotenberg Producer
Shawn Schepps Screenwriter
Eric Sears Editor
Jonathan Sheffer Score Composer
Robert Wald Musical Direction/Supervision
George Zaloom Producer,Screenwriter
G. Zaloom Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [2:32]
2. Dave's Frozen Discovery [2:32]
3. The Dude Thaws Out [9:14]
4. Greeting The Cave Dude [7:15]
5. Link Meets The Family [5:51]
6. Dinner At The Morgans' [8:28]
7. A New Man On Campus [13:37]
8. A Remembered Past [8:02]
9. Fighting It Out [3:47]
10. Matt Discovers The Truth [9:11]
11. Just Deserts [:28]
12. End Credits [:28]

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Encino Man 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Nadina85 More than 1 year ago
Encino Man is one of those aged movies that never really hit it big and has long since been forgotten but I've had very fond memories of it so I was terrified it would lose its appeal after so many years. Fortunately for me, my nostalgia was well founded. This movie was one a childhood favourite and I'm happy to report that, even after 20+ years, it still doesn't disappoint. While on the surface, Encino Man is unrevolutionary in that it's everything you'd expect from a 90's-era Pauly Shore film. But if you look a little deeper you'll unearth a keen satire about popularity in high school. I mean, c'mon. The idea that a Cro-Magnon Man could become the coolest kid in school is pretty funny, probably because it's almost believable.Am I saying this movie remotely accurate? Not at all. But do I care? No way! Though the initial premise is every bit as silly as it sounds, there's also an unexpected sweetness that makes it surprisingly deep. One wouldn't expect a cave man to be deep, but he is. He manages to teach modern day man humility, compassion and the true meaning of friendship. And boiled down, that's really what this movie is all about. Sure, it comes across as dated but I really don't think that detracted at all from the entertainment value. In fact, it actually served to enhance the movie's rad quality. Yeah, there might be a few overtly 90's cliches but they're altogether spot on and fun. Another thing that I really appreciated about Encino Man was the wholesomeness of the comedy and the chemistry between the cast. The friendships in the movie are reminiscent of a Bill and Ted or a Wayne and Garth. ¿¿Astin does serious like Shore does zany and it just works. And then there's the spectacular debut of Brendan Fraiser as Link. He's limber and animalistic and funny and simple and understanding and probably the most human person in the entire film. Frasier, without a doubt, is the heart and soul of Encino Man. So yeah, the film might not be anything super revolutionary but it sure is a whole lotta fun. And really, isn't that all anyone can ask for?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the crossroads where a stupid idea meets a bad script and bad acting. ''Encino Man'' is guaranteed to delight viewers with an I.Q. of about three on a good day. Life's too short to waste 88 minutes on this shallow excuse for comedy. Save your bucks and your time -- do something more entertaining, like maybe floss your teeth!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that Encino Man is a good movie for the mind weary college students. It gives us a good break from thinking to hard and lets us just relax
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the funniest movies of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie I found to be very cute. It was funny and Brendan Fraser is just drop dead gorgous in the role of Link so I recommend you see it. I laughed so much when I saw this movie, it's really really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have seen in soooo long! I love all of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie lets us see how dumb we actually talked back in the day. It's a great movie to watch for a break from homework and friends. It's a wonderful movie for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pauly Shore, Sean Astin, and Brendan Frasier bring their A-game to this box office failure. This has to be one of the most underated movies in the teen comedy genre. An instant classic, this movie has it all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was hilarious with Pauly Shore, Brendan Fraiser, Sean Aston. i give this movie three thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the funniest movie to watch It has Sean Astion and Pauly Shoore Two guys from Encino find a caveman in Dave's backyared They figure that the caveman can help them become cool They give him a bath a name him Link My encino man quotes Weeze the juice!!! The cheese is old and moldy Where is the bathroom? and Oww Buddy!!!! Weasel Weasl Weasel!!!! Encion Man rocks!!!
Jamie11 More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this is a great movie and definitely worth watching. It starts out with Dave (Sean Austin), and Stoney (Pauly Shore) digging in Dave's backyard and they find a frozen cave man. When the ice melts the cave man comes to life. Dave and Stoney give him a bath, some clothes and name him Link (Brendan Fraser). They take him to school, teach him manners, become friends and have a good time. The movie is full of laughs and great quotes to take away like "Hey Bud-dy" and "Weeze the ju-uice". Their mannerisms and the way they speak and even just the words they choose make the movie very funny. There is no way that anyone can watch this movie and not laugh. The concept grabs people's attention. It is a classic, not many other movies resemble this one. If you have not seen this movie then I greatly recommend it. It is at least worth a watch. I would say that any teenager would be able to relate to it. I say this because even though it was made many years ago, it still talks about the same problems that teens go through now like making friends, being popular and going through high school. I would also say that this is a good movie for college students. Anything is a good break from all the work but this movie is easy to get very into, gives many good laughs and makes you think to not take everything so seriously. Strangely enough in this movie there is actually a difference between the VHS tape and DVD. In the DVD version, a part of the movie is left out. In the scene where Dave and Stoney are teaching Link how to fight, at the end of the scene, Stoney says "Ow, my pancreas!" For this reason I would suggest that you get the VHS version if possible. That line is pretty much the only think that makes that scene funny and it is a shame that it was left out of the newer version. If you do not mind a line cut out of the DVD version, it also has its advantages. The DVD version came out in 2000 and has bonus materials like a production featurette, theatrical trailer, and film recommendations. What I like most about this movie is all the memorable quotes. If seen with friends there is no way that anyone will walk away from watching this and not be repeating the lines and laughing. That is just the effect this movie has on people and I really like that. From the movies I have seen none have had that effect on me besides Encino Man. When I watch this movie it makes me feel more care free and just want to live life and have fun; just forget about the little things. I think if a movie can have that impact on someone then it is a positive thing. If you have seen this movie already and agree with me that it is very good then I would suggest watching it again. I have watched it many times and wish there were more movies like Encino Man out there. I definitely give this movie two thumbs up.
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