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Encino Man

Encino Man

1992
Comedy
Sci-fi
1h 28m
When they find a frozen caveman in their backyard, two high school outcasts thaw him out and introduce him to modern day life while he in turn, gets them to actually enjoy life.
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Encino Man

1992
Comedy
Sci-fi
1h 28m
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Avg Percentile 26.02% from 2225 total ratings

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Rated 06 Sep 2020
55
27th
How pathetic is your high school existence that a caveman outclasses you socially. Oh right, Pauly Shore. I know I’ve seen this before but I had no memory of it. It’s amazing how the brain works with repressing memories to protect you. “Hmm do we block out the time the babysitter was handsy or Pauly Shore movies”
Rated 10 Jul 2010
45
18th
Stupid yet kind of funny. The fact that it's probably Brendan Fraser's best work is funny in a sad sort of way. As a side note, Pauly Shore isn't nearly as annoying as a side character as he is when he is the star. Or maybe his Shtick just hadn't been shoved down our throats yet.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
58
17th
It's hard to say if Pauly Shore makes or ruins this movie. It wouldn't be the same without his orignal style, but that's also what makes it nearly unwatchable. Rent it for the first 30 minutes if you want to see a nearly naked Brendan Fraser at his prime.
Rated 19 May 2008
85
89th
having been a kid at the time, it's hard not to have a soft spot for pauly shore movies, they may be rediculously stupid, but that hasn't stopped me from appreciating other stupid things.
Rated 20 Jul 2010
1
0th
minus 60 points for pauly shore
Rated 06 Jun 2023
20
3rd
dnf - 25 min. Oddly, I had no problem with Shore. And Brendan Fraser was clearly all in. Sadly, Sean Astin, playing a husky Corey Haim, is insufferable. If he'd been buried in the bottom of the pool right after finding the caveman, I might have finished it. (he was great as Sam though - I'll give him that).
Rated 27 Mar 2007
40
8th
It has Pauly Shore in it, so obviously it sucks.
Rated 12 Nov 2009
68
70th
This was pretty funny I have to admit. Extra points for the main character being Estonian!
Rated 04 Jan 2009
17
23rd
A feel good movie about a fuckin' caveman teaching modern day teens about life. What?!
Rated 12 Sep 2013
80
21st
You sit through the entire movie smiling and occasionally laughing. And when the movie ends you realise nothing worthwhile ever happened during the running time of 90 odd minutes and yet you enjoyed the movie. Frankly, do not care for the score.
Rated 28 May 2008
26
28th
It deeply excites me to know that a script involving a teenage caveman in high school could find wild success as an American film in the '90's... I think it says a lot about the can-do spirit of this great nation. However, the movie itself wasn't, you know, good.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
53
14th
It's got a couple one liners worth seeing.
Rated 02 Jul 2020
65
64th
You either like or dislike Pauly Shore, I happen to like his schtick that in combination with Brendan Fraser and to a lesser extent Sean Astin works well here. We all need a moral compass like Stoney - don't sell out your friends for popularity - and friends like Link. Don't be a Dave, rather wheeze the juice.
Rated 24 Feb 2010
80
42nd
Another staple of the early 1990's. I remember this being a big thing when it first came out. It still holds up pretty well, mostly because of Brendan Fraser, although it's easy to see why Pauly Shore in his prime was popular.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
0th
What a waste of movie space. Dumb, dumb, dumb and useless.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
58th
Ooohhh man... where to begin. Paulie Shore co-stars, so you know it's zany, it's about a caveman (who doesn't like cavemen) and Brendon Fraser doesn't have to speak coherent english so there isn't too much to draw back on the quality of the rest of the film ;) Overall a dumb comedy movie, but one of my favourites since I was a kid.
Rated 29 Jan 2007
20
6th
Brendan Fraser as a frozen caveman and Pauly Shore as the dudebro loser who thaws him out. Practically no laughs.
Rated 01 Nov 2009
55
4th
A bit ridiculous. There are a couple moments that are chuckleworthy, but on the whole the best thing this movie does is introduce the world to fairly newcomer Brendan Fraser.
Rated 19 Feb 2017
23
5th
I spent almost the entire movie wishing for Pauly Shore to be punched hard in the face, but unfortunately that only happened to Sean Astin. The rare few jokes that work come solely from Fraser's physical comedy act. Otherwise dreadfully unfunny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
24
18th
i was this close to getting this one... so close
Rated 11 Feb 2008
77
30th
Guilty pleasure, I must admit. Get stuck in New Orleans in the middle of summer with this replaying on HBO over and over in your air-conditioned hotel room and you'll build up an appreciation for it soon enough.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
70
5th
Oh god, this was bad, maybe in a good a way.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
30
3rd
On the 8th day, after our Lord rested, Bredan Fraser reigned supreme. Lazy!
Rated 30 Apr 2017
30
11th
For a Pauly Shore movie it's actually not horrible, but it has all the mind-numbing bullshit that one can love about Pauly Shore movies. Plus its probably Brendan Frasier's best role. It's really quite funny which is surprising and it has inspired a lot of my vocabulary for the two weeks after watching it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
17th
I've asked if people could define "funny-bad" before. The correct Jeopardy response it, "What is 'Encino Man'?" Crap!
Rated 21 Sep 2010
36
10th
Pauly Shore ruins any laughs or heart this story might have.
Rated 26 May 2012
65
38th
Funny good old movie.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
40
13th
If you enjoy Pauly Shore's style you may like this one, but if you find him annoying and unamusing then don't bother watching this. Another comedy with no intelligible plot and thats not funny.
Rated 09 Jul 2017
53
32nd
(Viewed on 17/7/13):The fact that I resist scoring E.M lower is surely a sign of the pernicious influence that the culture industries had on my adolescence, and the resulting nostalgia prevents me from being truly objective about a film that is, quite frankly, bad. Being only 13, I was the perfect target for this sort of high concept crap that was made cheaply during Disney's brief austerity period, which was even shorter in duration than Shore's movie career. Worth a look for 90's junk addicts.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
75
21st
For me it was a fun high school comedy. There are no superpowers or car chases. It's 90210 bigfoot.
Rated 11 Mar 2007
85
80th
A great comedy about two guys who find a caveman as they are trying to build their own pool.
Rated 18 Aug 2022
18
10th
For all the goofball stereotypes this movie has; somehow, it manages to be flat out boring. The comedy around the caveman is repetitive and they use the same punchline in virtually the same context consistently throughout the film and the fact that no one seems to acknowledge his peculiar characteristics somehow sucks a lot of comedy out of the film. It is funny; though, that it does make Astin's character seem like a total loser when he's outclassed by a caveman.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
2nd
Even at the beginning of his career, we can see Brendan Fraser was destined for greatness.
Rated 03 Jan 2013
88
36th
Guilty pleasure.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
1
0th
I can't stomach anything with Pauly Shore
Rated 20 Jan 2008
55
25th
Funny when I was ten, very stupid now.
Rated 07 Dec 2006
40
26th
So crappy... but I can't look away!
Rated 18 Sep 2009
10
2nd
I think I laughed twice during the movie, so we'll give each laugh five points, but overall, this movie sucks so bad. I sat through it politely when someone put it on the other day and tried my best to hold my breath. Was Pauly Shore ever funny? Show me a man who thinks so and I'll show you a moron. Awful movie.
Rated 14 Apr 2018
33
4th
Although Pauly Shore's acting is pretty atrocious here, it doesn't ruin the movie. No, Encino Man's goofy, comedic plot is squandered by extremely poor writing. The premise of the movie promises a number of potentially hilarious events, but it instead delivers a very mediocre coming-of-age story that isn't worth telling.
Rated 16 Jun 2012
83
53rd
Weasing the juice
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
26th
Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore, and Sean "Samwise Gamgee" Astin. What an eclectic group, eh? This movie is so bad it's good.
Rated 03 May 2022
70
53rd
Seanastin+prettymuchwhatiexpected/ilikeshorelol/somethingsiprobcouldanoted
Rated 22 Aug 2007
45
46th
Good
Rated 02 Mar 2009
55
63rd
I like cavemen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
3rd
I enjoyed it.
Rated 28 Mar 2010
3
21st
Pauly Shore's finest movie. That's not much of a complement, though.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
55
16th
Some funny moments, ultimately stupid.
Rated 18 Mar 2008
17
7th
A snap-shot of a time when Pauly Shore was the cock of the walk. It's...interesting, to say the least. There are a few memorable moments, but it's mostly just absurd. Sort of like Shore's career.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
3
28th
Genius kitsch.
Rated 29 Jun 2007
10
5th
This was really bad, just bad
Rated 16 Nov 2007
0
5th
junk.
Rated 02 Feb 2017
37
9th
It's pretty much a harmless-enough buddy comedy, but it parallels Weird Science in a lot of ways, including the way the plot gets confused. Like, first this caveman is the ticket to the main characters becoming popular (which would happen because...?) but by the end it's more like "who needs to be popular anyway?"
Rated 18 May 2011
43
22nd
This awkward vehicle for annoying MTV dude Shore is (I guess) a comic take-off on _Iceman_ but I kept hoping it would turn into a remake of _Return of the Ape Man_, with Fraser finally strangling his jerky costar. Despite its many faults, Fraser shines in the title role.
Rated 30 Sep 2009
20
48th
Teen flick which probably did the job of its time.
Rated 11 Jan 2023
40
6th
Our history teacher in my freshman year made us watch this because he swore it was "historically accurate". I think that tells you all you need to know about how awful the Texas education system is.
Rated 05 Aug 2009
10
14th
pretty dumb. all my points go to brendan fraser.
Rated 19 Dec 2011
2
21st
The 90s, buuuuddy.
Rated 31 Dec 2008
70
46th
Besides being absolutely absurd, and one of the worst ideas for a film ever... I do love this movie. I can't say why for some reason though.
Rated 13 Apr 2019
23
2nd
I have seen two movies where Brendan Fraser is a fish out of water as he interacts with people from a different time period. Blast From the Past was a bit funny. This was absolutely not.
Rated 10 Oct 2008
65
51st
goofy but fun
Rated 28 Jan 2021
90
70th
I don't rewatch movies often, but my stepbrother made m e watch this hundreds of times in high school. And you know what? When I watch this now, it makes me feel good. It's just a bunch of silly humor, typical high school buddy movie but one of the best ones of the genre.
Rated 24 Jan 2012
41
11th
High school is hard enough as it is, most jocks could pass for cavemen anyways, so I find this movie redundant. I can't remember if they get the girl at the end so I'll guess, yes, yes they do.
Rated 02 May 2009
90
77th
This movie is great.
Rated 29 Mar 2011
37
7th
Annoying.
Rated 17 Dec 2006
60
34th
NO weezin' the juice!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
63rd
Stupid- but in a good way. "No weasing the juice!"
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
58th
quite funny
Rated 29 Aug 2018
55
24th
Wears out its welcome but there's some very cute physical comedy and homoeroticism in there.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
10
1st
As bad as it gets.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
5th
Oh, Sean Astin. Cavemen aren't supposed to be allowed in the Goonies.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
60
7th
Kind of painful to watch now. Great if you're 13.
Rated 04 Jan 2007
40
10th
Yes I enjoyed it. Yes I was 10 at the time. No it's not any good.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
80
53rd
"For Rad Racer"
Rated 11 Jul 2007
1
10th
Truly repulsive.
Rated 27 Jul 2008
45
46th
worth a watch
Rated 27 May 2008
45
8th
Pauly Shore at his finest :)
Rated 18 Jan 2012
39
13th
The film that prepared Brendan Fraser for his iconic role as George of the Jungle. Honestly, this is one of Pauly Shore's more bearable movies because the concept is somewhat intriguing. Comedies that use ridiculous "what-if" scenarios are often mildly entertaining because they can make good use of slapstick physical comedy or super-awkward (zany!) situations. Unfortunately, Shore would jump on that bandwagon and run his career into the ground with multiple crap-fests after this became popular.
Rated 20 Jan 2008
65
6th
Pauly Shore. Enough said
Rated 31 May 2018
55
47th
Inasmuch as this movie works, it does so thanks almost entirely to the charm of Brendan Fraser and, to a significantly lesser extent, Pauly Shore.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
70
14th
Gets some points for originality. Not much else, though.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
75
19th
Stupid, but not a complete trainwreck.. Plus, it has pauly shore
Rated 30 Dec 2008
25
3rd
Terrible movie.
Rated 15 Jan 2008
35
1st
This was how I discovered Pauly Shore and Brendan Frasier. I regret the former.
Rated 31 Jan 2017
20
10th
This movie is pretty bad, I grew up watching it. Mikey from Goonies is digging himself a pool out back, when he stumbles upon a caveman. Thaw out Brendan Fraser for his best role ever. 90's hilarity ensues as this fish out of water tale stumbles over every cliche an arms length from the director.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
55
30th
charming lead helps this barely funny film
Rated 12 Mar 2020
25
6th
Seen: 2+. A babysitter back in the day loved this movie, and it was perhaps my introduction to Pauly Shore. Part of me wants to see it again, for science.
Rated 21 Jan 2008
20
12th
Pass the time, if you are not very demanding. But it is very bad.

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