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At Theaters: 2/12/1999 On Video: 7/27/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 029902
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Two children of the Nuclear Age - one a savvy, cynical, modern L.A. woman; the other an innocent, naive young man cocooned since 1962 in a bomb shelter. Adam, a man out of time. Eve, a woman of her times. When these two polar opposites begin to attract, the result is a wondrous chain reaction.

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Romantic Comedy - Blast from the Past is a fish-out-of-water comedy about a man coping with modern-day life for the first time. That basic premise is similar to two other Brendan Fraser comedies, Encino Man and George of the Jungle; viewers who liked Fraser's innocent character in those two films will probably like him in this one. It should also appeal to fans of Alicia Silverstone, though her role is slightly smaller than you might expect. The plotting is fragmented, however, and the writing not particularly inspired, generally at the level of an amusing sit-com.
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Brendan Fraser (George of the Jungle)
Alicia Silverstone (Excess Baggage)
Christopher Walken (Suicide Kings)
Sissy Spacek (Crimes of the Heart)
Director: Hugh Wilson (The First Wives Club)
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About The Production
Adam's Origins
A Blast of A Cast
Building Eden Underground
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PROFANITY: Moderately frequent and occasionally strong
SEX/NUDITY: No explicity nudity or sexuality; some innuendo
VIOLENCE: A few punches thrown
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol consumed in several scenes
ACTION: One large explosion
COMEDY: Fish-out-of-water comedy

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Sometimes it's important to use conventional storytelling methods, particularly if your story is as conventional as Blast from the Past. It's set up as a romance and a fish-out-of-water comedy, yet takes positively foooooorrreeeeeeeevvvveeeerrr to get there, spending 35 minutes on a prologue that should have taken 15 minutes. That leaves too little time on the relationship between Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone which should have been the heart of the film. Though the film has its charms, notably the likeable naif appeal of Fraser, it often feels like an assembly-line product made by people who've never seen an assembly line.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 127 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
13-19Teens (M)
Fairly High
13-19Teens (F)
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Fairly High
30+Adults (M)
Fairly High
30+Adults (F)
Fairly High
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Adam was born in a steel bunker buried in his parent's backyard, an unforeseen product of the "duck-and-cover" era taken to its extreme. The son of brilliant-but-paranoid scientist Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken) and picture-perfect suburban wife Helen (Sissy Spacek), Adam's bizarre upbringing was the result of a major tactical mistake. In the midst of the fearsome Cuban Missile Crisis, the Webbers witnessed a blast they thought must be the Big One, but was actually a plane crashing into their yard. So it was that they ensconced themselves in their elaborately engineered bomb shelter to wait out the half-life of radioactive contamination. For 35 years, Adam was raised on Jackie Gleason re-runs, Perry Como records and dreams about life on the surface. While his father taught him about science, baseball and avoiding Communists, his mother taught him about dancing, manners and charming girls. Meanwhile, he waited and waited for a chance to see the sky.

Eve, on the other hand, grew up in a rapidly changing Los Angeles and emerged as a woman suspicious of intentions, smart about survival and pretty darned uncertain about the possibilities of love. Her life has been a series of dead-end jobs, shallow boyfriends and dashed hopes.

Now, for the first time, Adam is about to leave the safety of the underground for the overwhelming complexity of the '90s - and Eve is about to get a whole new perspective on life. When the time-triggered locks on the Webber's shelter at last open, Adam is sent out to replenish supplies and find a nice, non-mutant girl from Pasadena in order to repopulate the world with upstanding citizens.

Adam's hapless search in the brave new world of homeless people, adult book stores and all-night supermarkets leads him smack into Eve. At first, she just can't believe this guy who says "Ma'am," thinks seersucker jackets are stylish, and has never seen color television, is for real. But the more Eve watches Adam approach the world with wide eyes, comic miscomprehension, joyous delight and a deliciously sweet innocence, the more she begins to find herself falling . . . in love?

But the question still remains: can these two find happiness in the real world, or will their sparks send Adam back underground?

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