Encino Man (1992)

Encino Man

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Critic Consensus: Encino Man isn't the first unabashedly silly comedy to embrace its stupidity and amass a cult following, but whether or not it works for you will largely be determined by your tolerance for Pauly Shore.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for mild language and sensuality)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Shawn Schepps, Dana Olsen, George Zaloom
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001
Runtime:

Cast


as Dave Morgan

as Stoney Brown

as Robyn Sweeney

as Buffie the Dog

as Mr. Brush

as Mrs. Morgan

as Mr. Morgan

as Teena Morgan

as Mrs. Mackey

as Mr. Beady

as Science Teacher

as Officer Sims

as Senorita Vasquez

as Kashmir

as Police Officer

as Truck Driver

as Intimidating Cop

as Cave Nug

as Fresh Nug

as Fresh Nug

as Fresh Nug

as Fresh Nug

as Mountain Nug

as Mountain Nug

as Infectious Grooves B...

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Critic Reviews for Encino Man

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | April 30, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Depressingly witless.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The real question is whether Dave and Stoney and Link are worthy heirs to Bill and Ted or Wayne and Garth. Not really.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

God help us all.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Encino Man saves its worst for last, especially with life lessons about Being Yourself.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The kind of movie that gives evolution a bad name.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Encino Man

Dumb is just not a strong enough word to describe this film, but oddly enough, this films plot is so stupid, that I had already forgotten about it 20 minutes in, because the actors really made something of their characters and I ended up enjoying this movie. Sure it's humour is dated, as it was trying to keep up with the trends of the early 90's, but you can easily out yourself back into that time period, as it was not that long ago. Frozen for thousands of years, a caveman is thawed in the 20th Century and must adapt and learn to speak. There are a lot of obvious gags, but others that I really did enjoy. It may be a mad movie overall, but I have no problem saying that I enjoyed watching it. "Encino Man" is worth a watch if you like dumb humour.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

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.

theunknownhobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

½

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.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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