Movie Review

Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)

MPAA Rating: PG

Details Rated: PG; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Casper Van Dien and Jane March

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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Originally posted May 08, 1998 Published in issue #431 May 08, 1998 Order article reprints

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