Ty Burr
May 08, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tarzan and the Lost City

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Casper Van Dien, Jane March
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a F

On the heels of President Clinton’s tour of the New Africa comes Tarzan and the Lost City, a grade-Z reminder that the old ooga-booga movie cliches refuse to die. Jane March (The Lover) makes a fetching picture-book Jane and Steven Waddington (The Last of the Mohicans) actually bothers to act as an evil explorer searching for the city of Opar. But as Tarzan, poor Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) gets stuck with a Ziggy Stardust fright wig, and his high, boyish voice is about as commanding as Pee-wee Herman’s. Throw in guys in mangy gorilla suits, a zombified script, and a retro-imperialist view of African politics (where would those nice, childlike tribes be without a white guy like Tarzan to help them out?), and you’ve got a lousy movie and a cultural embarrassment. F

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