The Land of the Lost

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Sid and Marty Krofft entertained millions of kids on Saturday mornings from 1974 through 1976 with a sci-fi television show and now kids can enjoy the action film with the same name, The Land of the Lost. Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell) is a scientist who has developed a machine that provides travel to an alternate universe in order to bring back fossil fuel to solve the energy crisis. (Of course, there were no fossils back then so I don’t know how that would help.) Everyone thinks he’s crazy but Rick, a research assistant named Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck tour guide named Will (Danny McBride) go to a mysterious cave where his machine takes them back in time. When they arrive in the land of the lost, they rescue a primate named Cha-Ka (Jorma Taccone) who learns to speak English in a matter of minutes from Holly. That’s not all he learns from Holly and it’s one reason kids will not be able to see this movie. (Well, teenage boys will enjoy Holly.) Soon, the group is being chased by a T-Rex which lasts throughout the movie and eventually they run into the lizard- like Sleecaks who are bent on world domination. Yes, that is the extent of the plot and it’s as exciting is it sounds. I was really looking forward to this movie although I’m not sure why, because I always thought the television show was kind of silly and juvenile. (Yes I know the show was made for kids but it bordered on the ridiculous.) This film is filled with needless sexual jokes, graphic violence and gags that were drawn out too long or repeated over and over. I didn’t realize there were so many bad jokes about dinosaur urine. Unfortunately, the script is so weak that Will Ferrell has to struggle to keep the whole film afloat. (No, that isn’t another dinosaur urine joke.) I’m still not sure who the target audience is because young kids shouldn’t attend this movie and adults won’t want to unless they wander into the wrong theater. (Okay, I have done that once or twice but I have an excuse.) There is one joke about a giant mosquito that I really enjoyed and that kept this film from slipping below a D+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.