Encino Man (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Encino Man (1992)



Critic Consensus: Encino Man isn't the first unabashedly silly comedy to embrace its stupidity and amass a cult following, but whether or not it works for you will largely be determined by your tolerance for Pauly Shore.

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A pair of high-school dweebs get a chance to become popular when they accidentally unearth a frozen caveman while digging a swimming pool. Amazingly the prehistoric fellow is still alive when he thaws out, forcing the dim-bulbed duo to give him a crash- course in civilization. Sophomoric comedy chaos follows. Occasional moments of humor (mostly in the second half of the film) fail to sufficiently compensate for long slow stretches of tedium.

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Sean Astin
as Dave Morgan
Pauly Shore
as Stoney Brown
Megan Ward
as Robyn Sweeney
Boris the Dog
as Buffie the Dog
Rick Ducommun
as Mr. Brush
Mariette Hartley
as Mrs. Morgan
Richard Masur
as Mr. Morgan
Ellen Blain
as Teena Morgan
Esther Scott
as Mrs. Mackey
Steven Elkins
as Mr. Beady
Furley Lumpkin
as Science Teacher
Peter Allas
as Officer Sims
Sicily Rossomando
as Senorita Vasquez
Gerry Bednob
as Kashmir
Douglas McCallie
as Police Officer
R.D. Carpenter
as Truck Driver
Kyle-Scott Jackson
as Intimidating Cop
Sandra Hess
as Cave Nug
Deborah Johnson
as Fresh Nug
Toni Herkert
as Fresh Nug
Therese Kablan
as Fresh Nug
Heather Bennett
as Mountain Nug
Melinda Armstrong
as Mountain Nug
Mike Muir
as Infectious Grooves Band Member
Stephen Perkins
as Infectious Grooves Band Member
Dean Pleasants
as Infectious Grooves Band Member
Adam Siegel
as Infectious Grooves Band Member
Robert Trujillo
as Infectious Grooves Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Encino Man

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (12)

The film, school of Bob and Ted and Wayne and Garth, but inferior in all regards, illustrates the Theory of Reverse Evolution.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Low-budget quickie is insulting even within its own no-effort parameters.

April 30, 2008 | Full Review…

Depressingly witless.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The real question is whether Dave and Stoney and Link are worthy heirs to Bill and Ted or Wayne and Garth. Not really.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5

God help us all.

May 12, 2001

I found myself missing Jeff Spicoli.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Encino Man

Dumb is just not a strong enough word to describe this film, but oddly enough, this films plot is so stupid, that I had already forgotten about it 20 minutes in, because the actors really made something of their characters and I ended up enjoying this movie. Sure it's humour is dated, as it was trying to keep up with the trends of the early 90's, but you can easily out yourself back into that time period, as it was not that long ago. Frozen for thousands of years, a caveman is thawed in the 20th Century and must adapt and learn to speak. There are a lot of obvious gags, but others that I really did enjoy. It may be a mad movie overall, but I have no problem saying that I enjoyed watching it. "Encino Man" is worth a watch if you like dumb humour.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Honestly, one of my fave movies of all time, although I always knew it as California Man. A very young cast of actors who became more famous than I am sure any of them thought they would be when cast in this little known gem, I genuinely enjoy the chemistry between the three main characters and think that this movie has provided me with some gnarly one liners that I still say to this day. Hilariously original.

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer


The first cinematic outing by Pauly Shore is a half decent comedy. Though fun, and comical at times, Encino Man is not a great film. I see it as an a borderline effort in the genre, and one that can actually be quite forgotten. Encino Man gave us the taste of Pauly Shore, and what was to come with one good comedy and three other bad, repetitive comedy. In Encino Man, Pauly Shore plays a surfer type dude who he duplicated in the many films that followed. The plot is simple, two friends find a caveman in their backyard and use him to gain popularity. Encino Man is a fun film, but it's nothing knee slapping hilarious. Whats funny to me though is how Pauly Shore has faded into darkness and how Brendan Frasier, Sean Astin and Robin tunney managed to all have pretty good careers. Encino Man is a average film with a few laughs throughout, but also you have to keep your expectations low. Nothing really good happens. The films plot is simple, even by comedy standards and the acting of course isn't great. Along with Son in Law, Encino Man manages to be one of the few Pauly Shore films thats watchable. But the film is really a one trick poney with Shore acting like the Weasel. Oh well, at least he made two decent films before being overly repetitive. Encino Man is a comic film with a few decent gags, but it's nothing to write home about.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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