Blast From The Past
(1999)











Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1 Hour and 52 Minutes


Reviewer: Erik
Grade: A-

Wow! The only reason I rented this one is because I had a coupon for a free rental on me. I figured I should use it before I forgot a bout it. I'm all man, but dammit, this movie was cute! Am I allowed to say that? Heck, it was funny AND cute!

Calvin and Helen (Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek) are a married couple who retreat to their fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One night, they hear an explosion, assume the U.S. is being attacked and set the locks to release after 35 years. Little do they know, a plane crashed in their backyard, and the U.S. was not at war.

Helen gives birth to Adam (Brendan Fraser), and we see glimpses of his life as he's raised from child to adult. (There's a particularly funny scene where he just doesn't "get" baseball.) He's home-educated (obviously), and given those ol'-fashioned values, grows up to be a total square, although those daily dance lessons he got from his mom might help him snag the right girl.

When the locks open, Adam makes his way above ground to pick up supplies for the family. Thus begins his adventure. Brendan Fraser is right for this role, with a big goofy grin and super-positive attitude in every situation. I can't imagine anyone else doing as good as job in this role. But back to the story...

Along the way, Adam meets Eve (Alicia Silverstone), who agrees to help him find both the supplies and a wife (or girlfriend). Eve introduces Adam to Troy, her gay roommate (played by the brilliantly-funny Dave Foley), who gets most of the laughs in the movie. The three hit the town and, in a great scene, Adam wows the crowd at a swing club with his ancient dance moves.

Obviously, Adam and Eve grow closer but Eve doesn't know his secret about the fallout shelter. And if he tells her, will she believe him? I'm not touching on all the bases here, but there are numerous comic touches along the way, like when Adam finds out that Troy is gay. Think of the definition of the word between the '50s and now and you'll get it.

The only problem with the movie is a sometimes-tiresome subplot about the man who owns the bar above the fallout shelter. When Adam comes to the surface, the man thinks it's God and, by the end of the film, has an entire cult of followers.

But it's not nearly enough to drag the movie down. Fraser is good, and Walken is good in anything. Foley is hilarious. It's a cute movie with some good-hearted laughs. Take a chance on this one. It's worth it.