Troy Patterson
July 30, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Blast From the Past

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
02/02/99
performer
Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Dave Foley, Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken
director
Hugh Wilson
author
Bill Kelly, Hugh Wilson
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a B-

Director Hugh Wilson’s romantic comedy is as pleasantly plastic as its retro-chic sets. Coasting on his air of genial imbecility, Fraser plays a 35-year-old named Adam who’s led a sheltered life — bomb sheltered, that is. He was raised in a bunker after his mad-scientist father (Christopher Walken, of course) mistook a plane crash for a missile hit in 1962. Silverstone plays Eve, the tough cookie who — in an inversion of Pleasantville‘s time-tripping gags — wises him up to the ways of this uncouth decade upon his ascent to contemporary Los Angeles. Will Adam and Eve find true love? Is there swing music on the soundtrack? Duh and duh. B-

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