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Blast From the Past (1999)

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Coasting on the successes ofGods and MonstersandGeorge of the Jungle, Brendan Fraser turns in yet another winning performance in this fish-out-of-water comedy in which Pleasantville meets modern-day Los Angeles, with predictably funny results. Fraser … see full wiki

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Hilarious Fish Out Of Water Tale

  • Dec 13, 2005
Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone head up a wonderful cast in this lighthearted romantic comedy about a man named Adam Weber's (Fraser) first steps into society after being in a fallout shelter for his entire life. Fraser's parents are played by the flawless Christopher Walken and the wonderful Sissy Spacek. Walken is a scientist who mistakes a plane crash in his backyard for a Cuban nuclear missile strike. He takes his family into a fallout shelter and waits until the time is right to surface. After thirty-five years, things have changed a tad and he arises to find Joey Slotnick managing a rundown bar/soda fountain. Thinking that Walken is God, or something similar at least, Slotnick becomes Archbishop Melker in one of the funniest characters I've seen in awhile. After suffering severe shock, it is decided that Adam should be the one to go to the surface in search of supplies. He's told to avoid the adult magazine store (invisible, poisonous gas) and to bring back a suitable girlfriend for obvious reasons.

Fraser surfaces and begins his quest for food and a woman. Along the way, he experiences the wonders of color television and sees a black postal worker that illicits one of the funniest lines in the flick. He runs into Alicia Silverstone, properly named Eve, and befriends her when he realizes he needs a co-pilot in this strange land. He is then introduced to her friend, Dave Foley, who turns in another wonderful performance. The story rolls along with Silverstone trying to determine whether or not Adam is off his rocker and falls in love with him along the way. That's about all I can say without spoiling anything.

The fish-out-of-water concept turns in quite a few hilarious scenarios in this film. Fraser was perfectly cast due to the fact that he can become so innocent and gosh-darn nice that his character is very believable.

Pick this one up for a great romantic comedy. It's light, a little silly at times, but is well worth watching.

Highly recommended.

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