Runtime: 1 Hour
and 52 Minutes
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
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