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3.5 out of 5 stars
Caveman [DVD]
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on 11 April 2014
I'm not prehistoric, but I'm certainly old enough to remember when there were loads of cheesy "Cavemen" films around on TV and in the cinemas. And this film thoroughly makes fun of them all.

Atouk is the smallest, weakest member of Tonda's tribe of Neanderthals, but he makes up for it with his brains, and is pretty much only tolerated by the tribe because they use him as a food tester. Atouk's hapless friend, Lar, is cast out after he's injured in a battle with a Big Horned Lizard (seriously, that's its official name), and Atouk is similarly given the boot when he tries to put the moves on leader Tonda's luscious mate, Lana. Wandering in the wilderness, Atouk meets up again with Lar, and they make all kinds of discoveries: walking upright, tools, fire, cooked food, music, weapons, and the best way to deal with rampaging monsters (get 'em good and stoned). Atouk and Lar soon start unintentionally collecting their own tribe of outcasts (a blonde woman, an old blind man, a wounded guy and his enormous family, a gay couple, a weird dude with a dead bird on his head, an African man, A Korean guy who speaks perfect English and owns a pet lizard who locates food, a person of under-average height, and a teenage girl), and soon the stage is set for prehistoric tribal warfare as Atouk continually tries to get into Lana's loincloth . . . .

So, yeah, this is not going to win Best Film Ever at the Pretentious Film Snot Awards, but I remember seeing it several times on The Movie Channel when I was young, and those fond memories led me to track down the DVD. Nearing forty, I understand more of the of the jokes. And, yeah, most of the film is parody, slapstick, or outright base humour, but this is a great spoof film that doesn't miss a trick and looks like it was a lot of fun to make. The "dinosaurs" look cartoony but are full of personality, and the music is surprisingly enjoyable. On the whole, it's a good flick for kicking back with if you want a few silly chuckles without too much tedious and challenging cerebral activity. And yet, somehow, it manages to do that without being as intensely violent or crude as many modern movies of the same variety. The movie doesn't take itself seriously, so neither should anyone else; just relax and enjoy.

But, hey, that's just my rose-tinted opinion, and I'd recommend renting this first to see if it's your cup of tea before committing to a purchase. I know this movie won't be to everyone's taste, but I think it'll find an appreciative audience out there somewhere.
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on 1 June 2013
Brilliant if you have a good sense of humor - this is a cult classic. A charming and very entertaining spoof comedy. There will be some (dour types) that hate it, but not that many. My friends and I love it...recommended.
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on 9 April 2011
Caveman [DVD]I saw this film some 12 years ago on late night TV in Brisbane. To say it's an unusual story is putting it mildly. Filmed in Mexico in an area fitting the period it shows Ringo being bullied by some of the tribe and eventually driven out. The effects were fairly simple but effective enough. There were certainly some laughs and showed their version of how men learned how to stand upright and to start fires. A little harmless crudity occurred but nothing to offend most viewers. I don't know why there was a choice of soundtracks as the dialogue was made up just for the film and no subtitles were shown or really necessary. I enjoyed seeing the film the first couple of times and eventually when I've forgotten the storyline I'll watch it again.
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on 17 January 2017
Great to find this dvd as been trying for years
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on 7 April 2014
Cant believe nerver heard of this movie bought on recomendation from someone else great fun brill movie highly recomend this.
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on 20 July 2017
Unusual but very good film. You dont have to be a Ringo fan to enjoy this offbeat film.
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on 18 March 2017
Top Film
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on 16 January 2014
It is still as funny as the first time i saw it, and that was many years ago now, so do your self a favour.........watch it!!!!
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on 6 June 2005
What a superb film for entertainment !! I still wonder how the cast kept straight faces when filming this, and how much of the film was according to script (if there ever was one !).
The dinosaurs are super, with their little personalities, and the discoveries (music, roast chicken, fire, etc etc) are well presented.
A film of this calibre deserves a top position in your DVD collection !! Ignore anybody who says otherwise - they simply do no understand the purpose of entertainment.
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on 8 February 2009
a blast from the past had to buy film from video on dvd not so good as first time round
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