Encino Man

5.81 h 28 min1992X-RayPG
Two high school buddies dig up a frozen caveman in their backyard!
Les Mayfield
Sean AstinBrendan FraserMegan Ward
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Mariette HartleyRichard MasurPauly Shore
George Zaloom
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4.8 out of 5 stars

8088 global ratings

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Devin N. MeyerReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
If this isn't in the national archive, it should be
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I don't know how this movie manages to be so good after all these years, but it still holds up. Brendan Frasier and Pauly Shore are national treasures and give us almost endless quotable dialogue in this masterpiece. My only hope is that in a million years in some sort of Jetsons-esque future, a geeky kid digging a rocket pool finds a vhs copy of this movie frozen in a glacier and is able to use his brain wave gun to shoot it into his cyborg mind and learn to feel something again so he can save humanity, one bud-dy at a time.
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MichaelReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
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In the original cut, during the montage where they're watching boxing, wrestling, and martial arts videos, Link picks up Stoney, spins him around and throws him, culminating with the line "Ow, my pancreas."

That last part was cut out of the DVD release! Why?!

On the DVD, this scene now ends as soon as Link picks up Stoney, then it immediately cuts to the schoolyard. They cut out 8 seconds (not to mention one of the most memorable lines) for no good reason.
35 people found this helpful
Dime the ReviewerReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Only "disc" version available but cropping is so messed up!
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Movie is what it is (i'm not here to review it). What I'm reviewing is the actual disc copy. This is all that's available (unless you stream). Unfortunately it has a key dialogue piece cut out inexplicably ("ow my pancreas"). Did this offend someone at the DVD creation house??

Also the cropping is atrocious! THIS IS NOT WIDESCREEN! It crops both in 4:3 then crops 16:9. So what you are left with is this square of picture in the middle of the TV. I don't know what they were thinking. It's not like this was created before widescreen TV's! My sense is they messed up and used a for broadcast version when they made it.

Disappointed but it does have the movie MOSTLY intact...
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J. P.Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Always a fun watch with some awesome music too
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I love a film that is funny and has great music -- Encino Man fits the bill. Even though the story is unrealistic, it is very funny. Brendan Fraser rocks the roll of the cave man, Link. It may not be classified as a great film, but it's a classic comedy from its era for me. It's an especially good movie for those of us who are teenagers at heart.
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KrystynaReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Weez the Juice
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If you're edged cuz I'm weazin all your grindage just chill. Cuz if I had the whole brady bunch thing happening at my pad, I'd go grind over there, so dont tax my gig so hardcore cruster.
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A. WilcoxReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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A crowd favorite. A cult classic. The peak of Brendan Fraser’s career…a little racist though. I always remembered this movie as a goofy story about a caveman doing caveman things. But unfortunately that’s not the case. The moment Brendan Fraser pops up with dark skin, “uh-oh” came to mind. The portrayal of this dark skinned person “being stupid” to modern day America is almost terrifying. A little multimillion dollar slap in the face to indigenous peoples and their culture. It’s tone deaf to say the least. It should honestly be removed from the site considering the injustice it serves to the people still suffering from these stereotypes today. Don’t waste your money. Leave your beloved memories of Encino Man far in the past. Curiosity killed the cat.
Mom_2_3Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Silly Movie from the 80's
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Pauly Shore had a bunch of movies in the 80's. This one, I think was his best. A young Brendan Frasier as the caveman and Sean Astin as the desperate guy looking for popularity and the love of one particular girl. Of course, Pauly being goofy stoner type. It's one of my favorite 80's movies.
Jason & KellyReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dig a pool, pool party, Prom King.
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Outlandish nerd hatches a scheme to dig a pool, throw a massive party, prove he is A-List popular, & get the girl he always wanted.

But His plan gets diverted when he digs up a frozen cave-man instead.

Brendon Fraser, Pauly Shore, Sean Astin.
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