Blast From the Past (1999)



Critic Consensus: Cute idea, but not consistently funny.

Movie Info

In 1962, scientist Calvin Webber and his wife move into their bomb shelter under the mistaken impression that a nuclear war has begun. In the shelter, the couple raise their son Adam. After 35 years underground, Adam is sent to the surface and finds himself in a strange, new world.

Rating: PG-13 (for brief language, sex and drug references)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Kelly, Hugh Wilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2001
New Line Home Entertainment


as Adam Webber

as Calvin Webber

as Helen Webber

as Soda Jerk

as Jerry

as Young Psycho

as Dave

as Adam (age 3)

as Adam (age 11)

as Adam (age 8)

as Navy Pilot

as Harold

as Woman Guest No 1

as Atkinson

as Workman No. 1

as Workman No. 2

as Woman Buyer

as Streetwalker

as Drunken Hag

as Pakastani

as Bystander No. 1

as Old Jewish Man

as Bakery Clerk

as Japanese Produce Cle...

as Butcher

as Hotel Registration C...

as Bellboy

as Hotel Desk Clerk

as Marine Manager

as Miss Sweet

as Dr. Aron

as Mr. Brown

as Postal Worker

as Woman Guest No. 2

as Bystander No. 2

as Low Rider

as Bogard DJ
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Critic Reviews for Blast From the Past

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (24)

Blast From the Past saves its best for first.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Fraser is the sweet, goofy engine that drives this movie. The script doesn't do enough with his reactions to a world that bears little relation to the Cold War planet Adam has been told about, but Fraser still manages to suggest volumes.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Garish and not funny enough, Wilson's shapeless satire plods on, squandering its nice premise and its appealing actors. Miraculously, Fraser has a force field around him and manages to radiate energy in this comic black hole.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Thanks to a clever script, tight direction, a first-rate cast and the dynamite combination of Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone, Blast from the Past blows away the recent crop of romantic comedies.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

That's a relatively clever set-up for what's become a familiar genre: the time-displacement comedy, in which we get a kick out of viewing our era through another era's eyes. But this movie's eyes, Adam's, are awfully twinkly and not too focused.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Unfortunately Mr. Fraser comes off as a forlorn, outsize Pee Wee Herman.

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Blast From the Past


Still a cute film years later. One of Alicia's best

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

t has some things i like about it like the beginning 35 minutes with the whole, them being in a bomb shelter for 35 years, and i liked some of the jokes after the 35 minutes but overall it was just an average comedy film.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


The central premise is fun and kind of clever, even if the film isn't completely a success. The script is okay, but could have been better, I did enjoy this movie though, and I like the performances.

I think those are probably the best part. The concept is so goofy, but the cast do a pretty good job of trying to sell things, especially Walken, Spacek, and Fraser.

This isn't an amazing movie, but it's fun for a lazy day.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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