Michael Sauter
November 13, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Encino Man

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
88 minutes
performer
Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser
director
Les Mayfield
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
genre
ActionAdventure, Comedy

We gave it a C-

In this literally lowbrow laughfest, two teenage dorks (Sean Astin, Pauly Shore) find a living Cro-Magnon (Brendan Fraser) frozen in their own backyard. Deciding to keep the discovery to themselves, they teach him to act like them (it’s not such a leap), then pass him off at school as a foreign exchange student. So guess who gets crowned king of the senior prom? Sure, there are comic possibilities in a culture clash of caveman with cafeteria society — but unless your sense of humor is low on the evolutionary ladder, you’re likely to be disappointed by this flick’s primitive yuks. If it’s a funny fish out of water you want, rent Big or even Back to the Future again. Keep Encino Man where he belongs: on ice. C-

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