Will Ferrel has a knack for turning a great idea for a comedy into an utterly stupid movie. This remake of the old classic is a perfect example. Mr. Ferrel plays a mad scientist in this movie, one who builds a machine that can take him to another dimension that fuses different times and places in earth's history. He has two unwitting fellows on his trip, a nerdish groupie played by Ann Friel and an unknown actor playing a redneck with some good intuition and common sense. The three of them have a hell of a trip that blows the bounds of knowledge and logic. And like any typical Ferrell movie, we have toilet humor, scenes with dangerous animals, narcotics, weird foods, and other props found in a slapstick comedy. But some scenes were just too dumb, like the part when Ferrell's character passes thru the digestive tract of a T-Rex, and comes out with his hair in perfect condition.
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Land of the Lost is a 2009 science fiction comedy film directed by Brad Silberling and starring Will Ferrell and Anna Friel, based on the 1974 TV series of the same name.
Production began in March 2008. It was originally scheduled to be released on July 9 but the release date was moved up to June 5 to avoid competition with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The film grossed $7.1 million on its June 5 opening day, and was #3 at the box office. The film finished its opening weekend in third place, behind Up and The Hangover with a total of $18.8 million, making it Will Ferrell's least-successful summer movie opening to that point. Most critics largely panned the film and box office receipts fell far short of the cost of making the film.