Blast From the Past (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Blast From the Past1999

Blast From the Past (1999)



Critic Consensus: Cute idea, but not consistently funny.

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Movie Info

In 1962, Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken) was a brilliant but somewhat paranoid scientist living with his Donna Reed-esque wife, Helen (Sissy Spacek), in Los Angeles. In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a plane crashed into the Webber's yard. Mistaking the blast for "the big one," the Webbers moved into their elaborate bomb shelter to wait out the half-life of radioactive fallout. In the shelter, now a sort of time capsule, Calvin and Helen conceived and raised their son Adam (played as an adult by Brendan Fraser). For 35 years, Adam was raised on Jackie Gleason, Perry Como, and stories about life on the surface. Calvin taught his son about science, baseball, and communists while Mom taught Adam about dancing, good manners, and charming young ladies. Just in time, too, as Adam is sent to the surface to gather supplies and find a wife, preferably a nice, non-mutant girl from Pasadena with which to repopulate the world. Once this "fish out of water" story is set up, the fish, Adam, is set adrift in a sea of supermarkets and adult bookstores, but is soon caught by Eve Rustikov (Alicia Silverstone). Completely lost above ground, Adam enlists Eve's help to navigate his new world and find the supplies on his list. The literally sheltered Adam falls for this bitter, cynical, street-smart woman who grew up in a bleak Los Angeles with little use for love. Living with her gay roommate, Troy (Dave Foley), Eve has had her hopes chipped away by a long line of dead-end jobs and loser boyfriends. When the throwback Adam enters her life with his sunny disposition, seersucker jacket, and joy at seeing the sky, she can't help but fall in love.

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Brendan Fraser
as Adam Webber
Christopher Walken
as Calvin Webber
Sissy Spacek
as Helen Webber
Joey Slotnick
as Soda Jerk
Don Yesso
as Jerry
Scott Thomson
as Young Psycho
Hayden Tank
as Adam (age 3)
Douglas Smith
as Adam (age 11)
Ryan Sparks
as Adam (age 8)
Ted Kairys
as Navy Pilot
Steve Bean
as Harold
Ann Ryerson
as Woman Guest No 1
John Roselius
as Atkinson
William Duffy
as Workman No. 1
Bill Stevenson
as Workman No. 2
Karen Geraghty
as Woman Buyer
as Streetwalker
Hannah Kozak
as Drunken Hag
Dori Mizrahi
as Pakastani
Fred Pierce
as Bystander No. 1
Monty Ash
as Old Jewish Man
Sheila Shaw
as Bakery Clerk
Michael Hagiwara
as Japanese Produce Clerk
Todd Susman
as Butcher
Rosalee Mayeux
as Hotel Registration Clerk
Danny Zorn
as Bellboy
Rod Britt
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Robb Skyler
as Marine Manager
Deborah Kellner
as Miss Sweet
Jenifer Lewis
as Dr. Aron
Brian Blondell
as Mr. Brown
Sonya Eddy
as Postal Worker
Mary Portser
as Woman Guest No. 2
Hubert Hodgin
as Bystander No. 2
Gary W. Cruz
as Low Rider
Robert Sacchi
as Bogard DJ
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Critic Reviews for Blast From the Past

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (30)

Blast is finally a squandered opportunity, a lot of situation with very little comedy.

January 2, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Blast From the Past saves its best for first.

March 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Fraser is the sweet, goofy engine that drives this movie. The script doesn't do enough with his reactions to a world that bears little relation to the Cold War planet Adam has been told about, but Fraser still manages to suggest volumes.

March 21, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Garish and not funny enough, Wilson's shapeless satire plods on, squandering its nice premise and its appealing actors. Miraculously, Fraser has a force field around him and manages to radiate energy in this comic black hole.

March 21, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Thanks to a clever script, tight direction, a first-rate cast and the dynamite combination of Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone, Blast from the Past blows away the recent crop of romantic comedies.

March 21, 2014 | Full Review…

That's a relatively clever set-up for what's become a familiar genre: the time-displacement comedy, in which we get a kick out of viewing our era through another era's eyes. But this movie's eyes, Adam's, are awfully twinkly and not too focused.

March 21, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Blast From the Past


Still a cute film years later. One of Alicia's best

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

t has some things i like about it like the beginning 35 minutes with the whole, them being in a bomb shelter for 35 years, and i liked some of the jokes after the 35 minutes but overall it was just an average comedy film.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


The central premise is fun and kind of clever, even if the film isn't completely a success. The script is okay, but could have been better, I did enjoy this movie though, and I like the performances. I think those are probably the best part. The concept is so goofy, but the cast do a pretty good job of trying to sell things, especially Walken, Spacek, and Fraser. This isn't an amazing movie, but it's fun for a lazy day.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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