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Blast from the Past
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by Erik Childress

"Innocuous Tone Kills Potential Comedy"
2 stars

Blast from the Past (* Ĺ) - Blast from my ass is more like it. There arenít very many original ideas floating around in Hollywood these days, but when a project with even a mere hint of freshness comes along, the filmmakers always seem to float it right in the toilet.

The biggest problem with this film is its PG-13 rating. The script comes off as too innocuous, feeling afraid to take the chances that might have made this a better movie. What would have happened if Brendan Fraser went home with the two blonds at the dance club? Why not make some references to the reemergence of swing clubs that things havenít changed that much The best woman this guy can find is Alicia Silverstone? Maybe this is part of the character trait of how naÔve he truly is, but it certainly makes the argument for couples to see other people to check out the other players in the field. In the filmís defense I did see a midnight show and found myself dosing off in several spots. I wasnít that tired and a better film could have held my attention better, so perhaps I shouldnít say too much, since I probably missed about 15 minutes of it. I did enjoy Dave Foley as the gay friend - heís got some good lines. And I also enjoyed Brendan Fraser, whoís got the perfect tone and mannerisms for the film and almost gets the film going just when ole Alicia enters the picture, who starts out seeming smart, but then ventures into someone whoís dumber and more clueless than her Cher character in that film ever could be.

Itís a real shame, because itís a film with promise. Maybe I missed something valuable in those 15 minutes I dosed off. Then again, maybe my dream was better during that time. I canít remember what, if anything, I dreamed at that point - but I know Alicia Silverstone wasnít in it.

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User Comments

1/02/19 Anne easygoing 3 stars
7/30/09 the dork knight Predictable but not as bad as you'd expect. I sure miss Silverstone. 4 stars
8/29/05 ES The movie where 'token gay' replaced 'token black' all thanks to PC machinations 2 stars
4/01/03 Jack Sommersby Pretty decent entertainment, but it's awfully slight. 3 stars
7/06/02 R.W. Welch Amiable romantic comedy about guy in a time-warp; amusing. 4 stars
1/28/02 Jessica Davis Ugly episode of "having him committed" spoils otherwise excellent movie 3 stars
1/14/02 Andrew Carden Very Funny and Imaginative Movie. Spacek and Walken Were Terrific. 5 stars
5/08/01 Gracy Lionheart Some of the movie is funny...other parts are boring. I wouldn't see it twice. 3 stars
2/17/01 Jake Pleasant surprise. Fraser and Walken were wonderful! 4 stars
5/13/00 Elvisfan Thoroughly forgettable & Alicia needs career counseling before she ends up on a WB show 2 stars
3/24/00 David Rogers The fact that he didn't know where he was makes this a great comedy. 4 stars
2/16/00 the Grinch "Here's where it really blows up!" Brendan/Walken are good...good fun all around. 4 stars
10/14/99 Britney Loved it! Great movie! Brendan Fraser's great! 5 stars
8/21/99 Tristynn I thought it was a very cute movie..a pleasure to watch... 4 stars
8/04/99 Cat Loved it! Loved him! Hated her. 4 stars
8/02/99 Jonothan Kirg I literally had milk spilling out of my nose 5 stars
5/03/99 JJ Brendan was awsum. Silverstone sucked but it was still good 5 stars
4/10/99 Keith Calder The great cast make this movie better than I expected, with the exception of Silverstone. 4 stars
4/05/99 Stephanie I loved it, very sweet, great soundtrack. 4 stars
3/25/99 Michael Prince Not worth your PENNY! 2 stars
3/18/99 Scott Stipe I enjoyed the comedy, and the swing music 5 stars
3/14/99 Dharma Brendan Fraser's a cutie, but Alicia Silverstone needs to be shot. 3 stars
3/04/99 Mr Showbiz The film isn't as good as it's leading man, mainly due to lacklustre Alicia Silverstone. 4 stars
2/23/99 Derek A blast from my ass! 2 stars
2/22/99 Jeff HOUN Totally hilarious, very clever film by all, all characters are awesome 5 stars
2/22/99 Lindsay A very clever and funny film. Fraser, Walken, and Spacek are teriffic! 5 stars
11/25/98 Lord Of The Dunce A very funny movie. Chris Walken is great. Note this down as one to see. 4 stars
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