California Man

  • PG
  • Les Mayfield (1992)
  • US
  • 88 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This was a belated attempt to cash in on Bill and Ted-style comic capers, although by now Californian teen speak was becoming more irritating than funny. Sean Astin and Pauly Shore play the nerdish teenagers who gain a ticket to "cooldom" when they dig up a deep-frozen caveman (Brendan Fraser) and educate him in the ways of adolescent etiquette. Fraser makes for a pleasingly gormless hunk and Richard Masur is a reliable presence among the supporting players, but the comic posturing of Shore, who rose to fame on MTV, quickly grates. There are some amusing moments, but this lacks the winning stupidity of Bill and Ted's two adventures. It was released in the USA as Encino Man.

Plot Summary

Comedy fantasy starring Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser and Pauly Shore. High-school friends Dave and Stoney discover a prehistoric man encased in ice while digging a swimming pool in Dave's back garden. They thaw out their discovery and, realising that he could be their passport to popularity, take him to school, pretending that he is a foreign exchange student called Link.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dave Morgan
Sean Astin
Link
Brendan Fraser
Stoney Brown
Pauly Shore
Robyn Sweeney
Megan Ward
Ella
Robin Tunney
Matt
Michael DeLuise
Phil
Patrick Van Horn
Will
Dalton James
Mr Brush
Rick Ducommun
Kim
Ke Huy Quan
Mrs Morgan
Mariette Hartley
Mr Morgan
Richard Masur
Teena Morgan
Ellen Blain
Mrs Mackey
Esther Scott
Mr Beady
Steven Elkins
Maria
Wanda Acuna
Science teacher
Furley Lumpkin
Officer Sims
Peter Allas
Kathleen
Michole White
Nora
Rose McGowan

Crew

Director
Les Mayfield

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Brothers
Guidance: 
Drug abuse, edited for language.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy

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