Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

DVD - 2009
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Three years after being kicked out of the science department for his theory of Time warps, Rick Marshall is reduced to working as a teacher at the George C. Page Museum. He meets Holly Cantrell whose finding urges him to create a tachyon amplifier to enable time warp travel. Once they activate the amplifier, Rick, Holly and their cave tour guide Will Stanton end up in a parallel universe where all timelines converge. They soon meet some ape men and Stanton unintentionally gives them the secret of fire. A T. rex chases them across a small land bridge. Holly disappears and is condemned to death by the Library of Skulls. They finally make it back to the right time and bring back a dinosaur egg to prove his theory.

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Nursebob
Jan 27, 2015

When Prof. Rick Marshall infuriates the halls of academia by claiming to have designed a machine which allows people to travel sideways in time he quickly finds himself demoted to elementary school science teacher. Bitter, penniless and developing an unhealthy relationship with fast food, his life seems to be headed for total obscurity until Anna, a former student, gives him the courage to complete his “tachyon amplifier” and take it out for a field test. Looking like a cross between a jet pack and a decorative boom box (it has the complete soundtrack to A Chorus Line on its hard drive) the device ends up working a little too well, sending Rick and Anna to an alternate universe along with a clueless redneck who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The trio find themselves on a strange desert planet, a kind of inter-dimensional crossroads where smart-ass dinosaurs and fuzzy apemen cavort amongst an odd array of terrestrial artifacts; rusted cars, abandoned motels, and a Golden Gate Bridge partially submerged in sand dunes. But when they stumble upon an army of demented lizard people bent on conquering the galaxy they quickly find themselves pawns in a high-stakes power struggle. Normally I avoid anything that headlines Will Ferrell, but I must admit this foolish little comedy far surpassed my expectations, modest as they were. The visual gags are pretty good, the dialogue surprisingly witty, and the cheesy special effects compliment the rather juvenile humour perfectly; whether its a tacky neoprene lizard suit or the planet itself which seems composed entirely of rejected sets from Jurassic Park and Star Wars. A send-up of the “Today” show, complete with Matt Lauer cameo, was especially well done. Perhaps I’m just being uncharacteristically lenient, but sometimes “stupid” can be a good thing.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

It's not surprising that this movie flopped both critically and commercially; this thing was doomed for failure from the start. A mix of borderline-dirty comedy (mostly from Will Ferrell and Danny McBride) that's too vulgar for little kids and decidedly cheesy sci-fi adventure - dinosaurs and all - that's too kid-centric for most fans of Ferrell or McBride. I mean, who the hell is this movie's target audience? Me, apparently. I love both Will Ferrell and classic adventure movies, and for me, this worked as both. But whether you like the film or not, it's pretty hard to deny that it has a very striking aesthetic.

akirstan Jan 20, 2014

You have to really give this a thumbs up if you have seen this tv series, and watched SNL, and got tired of Chorus Line because the parody spoof and intermingling of this 3 was just perfect. If u didnt see any of these, or watch the today show, you wont have the base for the humor and you wont get the spin and the "insider jokes".. It is one of the most hilarius and intelligent spoofs i've ever seen. The mosquito joke is the funniest thing since bell bottoms. So, If you havent seen the tv series, SNL you dont know, Chorus Line you never seen, and you dont know who Matt Lauer is...Dont waste your time bc you will hate this and say its not funny.

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kirbyfan
Jul 06, 2013

Really bad movie.. I mean, there is a couple jokes and I like the CGI dino scenes, but that's it.. not recommended

dgr Apr 03, 2013

I like this film. It had a lot of funny, silly moments, nice performance comedy by Will Ferrell, clever use of "A Chorus Line" that became integral to the plot and some good comedic acting by CG dinosaurs.

Come on, this is a comedy for adults, not kids.

Anna Friel was especially charming and cute, not irritating like many female straight"men". She managed to be academically superior without being snotty and she was cute and sexy.

I didn't even recognize her as the drug-abuser from "Limitless".

Quimeras Jan 31, 2013

“Land of the Lost” is definitely a silly movie. Surprisingly, I found myself laughing at times. It does help to know a bit about the theories on early life on earth in order to understand some of the references and jokes.

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rslade
Jul 07, 2012

Our ten-year-olds like it. Lots of low, crude toilet humour, plus a surprising amount of sexual innuendo. No plot to speak of, nor any points to make (in terms of redeeming social value). Like the land of the lost itself, a collection of cultural garbage, with some limited amusement value if your expectations and taste are low. Oh, it's also likely that our world is invaded and destroyed in the end.

roadshowrigoletto Mar 11, 2012

Given the 'children's show' nature of the source material, I was a bit (only a bit) surprised at the blue humor. Not full-bore blue, but the sort that you don't want to admit your twelve year-old sniggers at. Otherwise? Well, I was hoping for a comedy, but if there are no laughs, is it a comedy?

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BookassinCreed
Feb 03, 2012

Funniest epic film ever, hahaha

lasertravis Dec 13, 2011

I can't help it. As brainless and tasteless as this movie was, I laughed out loud quite a bit. I watched the original show as a kid and the various homages to it were not lost on me. Will Ferrell is usually pretty funny and Danny McBride is one of my favorite newer comedic actors. The special effects were actually pretty darn good. Obviously the plot was over the top ridiculous, but cmon, it's the Land of the Lost for crying out loud. Various sight gags and physical comedy intermixed with sophomoric humor are the fare here.

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DurantOliver
Jun 13, 2010

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BilboBoblo
Jan 28, 2010

"That one keeps peering into my soul" (best line in whole movie)

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