ENCINO MAN


ENCINO MAN
   Film (1992; vt California Man). Hollywood Pictures/Touchwood Pacific Partners I/Warner Bros. Prod George Zaloom, dir Les Mayfield, starring Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser and Pauly Shore. Screenplay Shawn Schepps, based on a story by Schepps and Zaloom. 88 mins. Colour.
   Limp version of the old story of the caveman who is dug up and resuscitated, as previously seen in TROG (1970), SCHLOCK (1973) and ICEMAN (1984) among others; see also APES AND CAVEMEN. This made-for-teenagers movie, clearly calculated to appeal to the same audience as that for BILL \& TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (1989) and Wayne's World(1992), portrays two high-school nerds who dig up a frozen cave man (Fraser) after an earthquake disturbs the soil in a swimming-pool excavation, thaw him, and enrol him at their school (after a wash and haircut) as a "Lithuanian" friend. The cave man's simple high spirits win him many friends, and the high-school hard man is publicly humiliated by him. The film's various attempts at satire are uninventive. The second nerd (Shore), however, is always amusing, largely because of the vigour of his esoteric teen vocabulary.
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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