Directed By: Hugh Wilson
Written By: Bill Kelly
Sometimes the most simple idea can be a lot of fun and that is what you have in this movie. This is a very basic, but fun, story and some really great actors bring their talent to the movie as well. Brendan Fraser is by no means a really great actor but this is a part he is really good at. The great actors I am referring to are the great Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek, who play Brendan Fraser’s parents in the film. Dave Foley hasn’t had the most notable career but I did think he was funny in this movie. This was the last film of Alicia Silverstone’s that I know by name, her career more or less came to a halt after this film, her career as a headline actress anyway. I have never thought she was particularly good as an actress but as a young man I did have quite a thing for her which does, for the most part, excuse any lack of talent.
I don’t think this movie will stand the test of time because it is not especially memorable but it is a good movie. This is a movie that you can sit down and relax to, there is not much thinking involved, and it’s something you can watch with your kids which can make all the difference sometimes. This movie isn’t much but it does deserve a bit more than I am offering here. See it for yourself and let us know what you think, it is worth your time.
I remember watching this movie when I was a lot younger. Some of the things that I didn’t understand back then, I find extremely funny now. The concept of this movie is very clever. An All-American family back in the decade where they were afraid a nuclear bomb could go off at any second, except in this case, this family was prepared to handle it all. The dad, being a genius, had built a bomb shelter with provisions that could last the family almost 30 years. Accidents happened and they thought the bomb was hitting and they land in the shelter for years and years and end up having and raising their son underground. When the mom accidentally hits a switch and the green light comes on to let them know that all is good above, they send their son above to get more provisions and to check out the area. The movie follows his journey of trying to figure out the world that has completely changed since his parent’s day. He meets Alicia Silverstone who is an edgy girl who is no-nonsense and takes him on a path of realization.
I really like this movie and think it is hilarious to watch Brenden Fraser try to figure out the world. He is a sweet guy trying to get along in a crazy fast paced world that took off without him. it is cheezy and mindless, one of those kinds of movies that is worth a lazy watch.
NEXT MOVIE: Blood Simple (1984)