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Land of the Lost

Ferrell's reboot of '70s show is rife with gross-out laughs.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a hint of a lesson about standing by your friends and your beliefs, but it's mostly drowned out by slapstick and jokes. There's a high degree of body-function humor: Acharacter douses himself in dinosaur urine to mask his scent, an egg isremoved from a huge pile of dinosaur feces, a character is swallowedwhole and excreted by a dinosaur, etc. Discussion of enjoying show tunes being considered "a bit gay."

Positive role models

Ferrell's character is an arrogant airhead, but he's not to be taken very seriously. Holly stands up for him when no one believes his theories.

Violence

A man is torn to bits by hungry dinosaurs, and viewers see his severed limbs. Mostly comedic violence involving lizard-men or dinosaurs; some peril, but mostly limited to comedic rampages of destruction and mild scuffling. Some blood as part of a gag involving an exotic blood-sucking insect.

Sex

Some kissing; mild lascivious language (for example, a river guide says to a young woman "You may get wet" as a fairly obvious double-entendre). Scantily clad women, as well as underwear-clad men, but the latter is primarily for comedic effect. A touchy-feely hominid primitive puts his hand on the breast of a young woman; a slightly more evolved human emulates that behavior.

Language

Extensive (yet genial) profane and rude language, including (but not limited to) "goddammit," "boobs," "damn," "bitchslap," "gay," "ass-ton," "pissed," "oh my God," "bastard," "s--tty," "p---y," a barely vocalized non-sexual use of t"f--k," "dong," "asshole," "crapballs," "dick," "Jesus,"  "tap that ass," "son-of-a-bitch," and many more.

Consumerism

Extensive mention of brands and TV shows, including Amazon, Cialis, M&Ms, Arby's, Popeye's Chicken, Subway, Florsheim, iPod, Sandals resorts, A Chorus Line, Iron Chef, the Latin Grammys, The Today Show (including a cameo by host Matt Lauer), Mama's Family, and many more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A pipe is displayed but not smoked; characters drink beer and wine. Characters also appear high from the effects of the nectar of an exotic plant. A character says of a tropical jungle "I bet there's weed in there."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this big-screen version of the cult-classic 1970s TV show has lots of vulgar language, as well as an extended sequence in which some of the main characters are clearly stoned on a natural narcotic/hallucinogenic substance. There's also a high degree of body-function humor: At one point, a character douses himself in dinosaur urine to mask his scent, an egg is removed from a huge pile of dinosaur feces, and a character is swallowed whole and later excreted by a dinosaur.

What's the story?

After his bizarre theories about time-travel and inter-dimensional wormholes earn him the scorn of the scientific community, Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell) is exiled to working as a tour guide at the La Brea tar pits. Holly Cantrell (Anna Friel), the one person who believes his theories, finds him, encourages him to build his dimension-spanning equipment, and then leads him to a souvenir stand in the desert run by Will (Danny McBride) that just happens to be at a weak spot between worlds. Soon, the three are transported to a strange primitive world full of dinosaurs, friendly primates, and scary lizard men.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

What saves LAND OF THE LOST from being annoying or overblown is the naked transparency of its low ambitions. This isn't a serious-minded reinvention of the series or an attempt to make a work of art out of '70s TV. Instead, it's a chance for Ferrell and McBride -- two talented comedic improvisers -- to do their thing in a world of dinosaurs and dangers, peril and parody.

Director Brad Silberling, working from a script by two ex-Saturday Night Live writers, knows this, so he goes easy on spectacle and heavy on slapstick. Land of the Lost is hardly the most original comedy -- Ferrell's playing another of his arrogant airheads, McBride another of his roughneck buffoons -- and yet something about the sci-fi setting makes what could have been tired moments fresh, as if a familiar restaurant redecorated while still serving old favorite recipes. A broad, foolish comedy, Land of the Lost has more than a few laughs, even if it is somehow both expensive and disposable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of '70s TV shows coming to the big screen. Does this represent the fact that these shows have wormed their way into the public consciousness because they were worthwhile -- or is it just about making money? 

  • Families can also talk about Will Ferrell -- what do all of his characters seem to have in common? What's behind his comedic appeal?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 5, 2009
DVD/Streaming release date:October 12, 2009
Cast:Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Will Ferrell
Director:Brad Silberling
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference

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Kid, 10 years old September 1, 2010

some rude things

Good comedy but some bad things
Kid, 11 years old November 26, 2009

Sort of Boring. Lost My Interest During the Film.

It's a man's comedy. It's not very funny, just sexual humor and jokes that don't really make sense. Language and sex, violence, consumerism, bad role models, mixed messages, and drug and alcohol use and we could be seeing this film again. It isn't good.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 5 and 13 year old Written byextra04918 July 14, 2009

Not appropriate for 13 year olds, and bad to boot!

I found it extremely offensive. I brought my daughter and 3 of her friends, and was angry during the movie, and apologetic to their parents afterward! Words like b*tch, a**, d*ck and p*ssy (sometimes used "straight", and sometimes as a double-entendre) were not what I considered appropriate. Also, the female character was dressed in a provocative manner for no theatrical reason, and was grouped for humor, and the subject of crude humor on a number of occasions. There were visual sexual jokes as well, and while much of this went over the kids' heads, I was very surprised that, ratings-wise, this was considered acceptable for 13 year olds. Lastly, this was just a terrible movie -- bad dialog, jokes, plot, acting, etc.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing