Land of the Lost (12A)

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Comedy

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 28 2009

If you reckon today’s Hollywood effects movies are all designed by committee, this truly ramshackle version of a dimly remembered cheapo ’70s TV series might change your mind. The marketing angle for this big-screen offering seems to be Will Ferrell plus CGI dinosaurs and bug-eyed aliens in lizard suits equals one big family frolic. The movie, however, is a ragbag of lackadaisical plotting, drugs references, puerile lechery and shiny effects work, an assemblage far from child-friendly yet not quite grungey enough to wow older teens.

Ferrell, as the ‘quantum palaeontologist’ convinced of another dimension where different time periods collide, appears close to the Mike Myers tipping point where only the performer himself thinks he’s funny. Then again, with merely the skeleton crew of scientist Anna Friel (a grim role mainly requiring cleavage), white trash tour-guide Danny McBride and Jorma Taccone’s grunting, groping (said cleavage), prehistoric primate accompanying him into the aforementioned alternate dimension, the star turn is left rather exposed by the script’s confounding dearth of laughs.

All of which should, by rights, prove unendurable, but once you realise that the movie doesn’t have its act together, it somehow becomes perversely endearing. While ace production designer Bo Welch struts his stuff in the hallucinatory desert locales strewn with pop culture flotsam and jetsam, the story schleps from one cursory action set-piece to another with an almost heroic absence of conviction – playing just like some multi-million-dollar stoner gag at the studio’s expense. If only it were a lot funnier, then we’d all be smiling.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Jul 31, 2009

Duration:

101 mins

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Victoria

I thought this movie was hilarious!! I am a 21 year old girl, that watched this movie with about three of my friends and we all LOVED it! Obviously a PG-13 movie is not going to be "kid friendly" so I'm not sure why some people thought otherwise. If you're concerned about what your child watches, then maybe you should watch movies/shows in question first, and then decide if he/she should watch it. Do not leave it up to a rating system that someone else made if you are really that worried. Besides that, lighten up everybody, this movie deserves so much more credit because it was GREAT! :)

Victoria

I thought this movie was hilarious!! I am a 21 year old girl, that watched this movie with about three of my friends and we all LOVED it! Obviously a PG-13 movie is not going to be "kid friendly" so I'm not sure why some people thought otherwise. If you're concerned about what your child watches, then maybe you should watch movies/shows in question first, and then decide if he/she should watch it. Do not leave it up to a rating system that someone else made if you are really that worried. Besides that, lighten up everybody, this movie deserves so much more credit because it was GREAT! :)

keith

Great comedy entertainment. much better than the reviews suggest. If you have no sence of humour then don't go to watch it.

jimmy

Sooooo bad! Only the 4th or 5th film in my life I walked out of...usually don't mind Will Ferrel but this one was just painful. Not even worth your time if it's free...

louis

well it was really funny but there was so rude bits louds of swear words in there like the f word the w word and stuff like that it is so not a 12a