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Encino Man

Encino Man (1992)



Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

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A clueless caveman meets his intellectual match in the form of Pauly Shore in this teen-oriented comedy. Dave Morgan (Sean Astin) is a high school student in Encino, California, where he spends most of his time with his dazed-and-confused buddy Stoney Brown (Shore) and tries to figure out why his girlfriend Robyn (Megan Ward) left him for thick-headed jock Matt (Michael DeLuise). Hoping to boost his low status in the High School pecking order, Dave wants to put in a swimming pool at his family's


Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

May 15, 2001

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (27) | DVD (7)

Low-budget quickie is insulting even within its own no-effort parameters.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Depressingly witless.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The real question is whether Dave and Stoney and Link are worthy heirs to Bill and Ted or Wayne and Garth. Not really.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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God help us all.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Encino Man saves its worst for last, especially with life lessons about Being Yourself.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The kind of movie that gives evolution a bad name.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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Encino Man is frighteningly dated, but it was never made to be timeless. I just wish the picture had more laughs or instinctive madness.

May 21, 2012 Full Review Source:

Silly teen comedy has some Neanderthal behavior.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An amusing idea goes nowhere.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dumb, dumb, dumb. Did someone say Pauly Shore?

October 25, 2004

stupid but endearing

July 11, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

High-Spirited, no-holds barred fun.

April 27, 2003 | Comments (2)

Now I remember why I keep hoping Pauly Shore never has a comeback.

October 17, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

If you liked Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and the Wayne's World flicks, you should get guilty pleasure out of it.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

There is no excuse

August 23, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...and introducing Pauly Shore.

July 29, 2002

This is every bit as insipid as it sounds, but it's also surprisingly innocent and has a most unexpected sweetness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

I found myself missing Jeff Spicoli.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Pauly Shore's finest hour.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Encino Man

Honestly, one of my fave movies of all time, although I always knew it as California Man. A very young cast of actors who became more famous than I am sure any of them thought they would be when cast in this little known gem, I genuinely enjoy the chemistry between the three main characters and think that this movie has provided me with some gnarly one liners that I still say to this day. Hilariously original.
September 18, 2011
Unknown Hobo

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The first cinematic outing by Pauly Shore is a half decent comedy. Though fun, and comical at times, Encino Man is not a great film. I see it as an a borderline effort in the genre, and one that can actually be quite forgotten. Encino Man gave us the taste of Pauly Shore, and what was to come with one good comedy and three other bad, repetitive comedy. In Encino Man, Pauly Shore plays a surfer type dude who he duplicated in the many films that followed. The plot is simple, two friends find a caveman in their backyard and use him to gain popularity. Encino Man is a fun film, but it's nothing knee slapping hilarious. Whats funny to me though is how Pauly Shore has faded into darkness and how Brendan Frasier, Sean Astin and Robin tunney managed to all have pretty good careers. Encino Man is a average film with a few laughs throughout, but also you have to keep your expectations low. Nothing really good happens. The films plot is simple, even by comedy standards and the acting of course isn't great. Along with Son in Law, Encino Man manages to be one of the few Pauly Shore films thats watchable. But the film is really a one trick poney with Shore acting like the Weasel. Oh well, at least he made two decent films before being overly repetitive. Encino Man is a comic film with a few decent gags, but it's nothing to write home about.
May 28, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Another stupid missing link movie with some of the worst big name actors of the 90s. I couldn't hardly stand to watch this movie, it's so bad. It's not even funny.
May 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

"Encino Man" is just an all around fun, silly movie with some good comedy and numerous quotable lines. The story behind "Encino Man" is very simple, it's about two friends that find a frozen caveman in their backyard while trying to dig a pool...then the caveman wakes up from his frozen slumber. Yeah, it's a silly plot, but it's all in good fun.

The characters in the film are great, as is the acting on all accounts. Brendan Fraser plays the title role of Link. Brendan has very few actual lines in the film, mostly just grunts and sounds...but nonetheless, he does a fantastic job with the role. Sean Astin plays Dave Morgan, the main character, who desperately wants to be popular, but has yet to be discovered. Stoney, Dave's best friend is played by Pauly Shore, a guy who is content with himself and really doesn't care for popularity. Megan Ward is Dave's love interest in the film, and looks nothing short of fantastic throughout the film. And finally there's Michael DeLuise, as the antagonist, Matt, Dave's arch-rival. There's also a few notable supporting cast-members. Robin Tunney ("Vertical Limit", "Empire Records", "End of Days") in one of her first roles, Patrick Van Horn ("Swingers"), Jonathan Ke Quan ("The Goonies", "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom"), Rose McGowan ("Phantoms", "Scream", "Monkeybone", "Ready to Rumble") and Jack Noseworthy ("Breakdown", "U- 571", "Event Horizon") all fantastic actors rolled into one comedy.

All in all, this is a great film. The cast is great, the characters and acting are great, and the story is silly, but good at the same time. There's even a few somewhat touching scenes here and there. If you like any of the actors mentioned above, be sure to check this film out, or if you just enjoy a good, silly comedy, this is the one for you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks for reading,
April 11, 2010
MisterYoda ?

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    1. Stoney Brown: Keep on cruisin'.
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    1. Stoney Brown: Weez the juice!
    – Submitted by Jordan L (19 months ago)
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