Encino Man

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Silly teen comedy has some Neanderthal behavior.
  • PG
  • 1992
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Dave tries to use Link to become more popular and doesn't care about him. He also tries to abandon him. Matt breaks into the school and later breaks into Dave's house. Matt calls someone a "fag."


Minor pratfalls and a punch. The guys watch professional wrestling and boxing on TV.


Some making out, butt-grabbing, and a lot of talk about almost grabbing girls' "gazongas." Plus one veiled masturbation joke and some girls in skimpy clothes.


Some salty language, including "bulls--t," "piss," "dips--t," "hell," and several words for breasts, including "gazongas" and "honey cones." Matt calls someone a "fag."


Several products are mentioned or visible, including the TV show Jeopardy!, The Terminator, David Letterman, Milk Duds, SweetTarts, Icees, and Wonderbread. Stoney also uses the catch phrase, "Milk does a body good."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Stoney drinks tequila and gets drunk. The gang goes to a bar even though they are underage.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this silly teen sex comedy is heavy on objectifying girls' bodies, showing them in skimpy clothes and talking about girls' body parts. Characters also do some things that parents wouldn't want their kids to do: They lie to their parents, they use their friends to become more popular, they steal a car, they go to a bar, they break into school, and break into a house. There's also some swearing and comic violence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydvdgirl May 17, 2019

It’s fun

Fun movie to watch the nineties of course a feel good time.
Adult Written byMAD M. October 2, 2017
Teen, 17 years old Written bynikipup October 27, 2020


this is a grate time to talk to your tween and teens to talk about
drinking , and kissing and talk to them if they get scared of
when the caveman comes to li... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 1, 2019

Hey bu-ddy

Encino Man kicks butt!!
This caveman movie is about two high school losers who dig up a frozen caveman. They teach the cro-magnun man modern day things like the... Continue reading

What's the story?

Willing to do anything to become popular and win back the affection of his grade-school crush, Robyn (Meagan Ward), bumbling high school senior Dave (Sean Astin), digs his own swimming pool for a prom-night party. When he discovers a hunk of ice containing a caveman, Dave uses it to advance his popularity. When the ice block thaws, out comes the totally buff and totally cave-rific Link (Brendan Fraser). Soon, Link is learning modern behavior from TV, and passing easily as a modern teenage boy; he's scruffy, he wears weird clothes, he grunts more than speaks, and all he can think about is the girl of his dreams. But once Link becomes more popular than him, can Dave handle it?

Is it any good?

Encino Man is a mostly harmless teen comedy that accurately reflects the struggles most teens have in high school. The film launched more roles for Fraser as a bumbling action-movie hero and he pulls off the role wonderfully. Between Fraser's innocent silliness and co-star Pauly Shore's Weasel schtick, the movie's good-hearted goofiness is infectious. There's some typical teen misbehavior, but no over-the-top sexual and gross-out situations. Just mindless, silly fun from the more comically innocent early '90s.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difficulty of navigating the social circles of high school. What do you do when you like someone who is in a different social circle than you? Does it make you feel worse about yourself? Does it make you want to do anything you can to prove to them that you're good enough? How do you handle the social rules of high school?

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