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Land of the Lost

children & family, comedy

Comedic genius Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, who gets more than he bargained for when his expedition takes a wrong turn into the hilarious Land of the Lost.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Ferrell's reboot of '70s show is rife with gross-out laughs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this big-screen version of the cult-classic 1970s TV show has lots of vulgar language, as well as an extended sequence in which some of the main characters are clearly stoned on a natural narcotic/hallucinogenic substance. There's also a high degree of body-function humor: At one point, a character douses himself in dinosaur urine to mask his scent, an egg is removed from a huge pile of dinosaur feces, and a character is swallowed whole and later excreted by a dinosaur.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of '70s TV shows coming to the big screen. Does this represent the fact that these shows have wormed their way into the public consciousness because they were worthwhile -- or is it just about making money?
  • Families can also talk about Will Ferrell -- what do all of his characters seem to have in common? What's behind his comedic appeal?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A Will Ferrell comedy comes with certain expectations, and the latest Hollywood adaptation of a beloved TV show does not disappoint on that front. Whether fans of the original Krofft Brothers cult TV show will go along with it is another story.

- Dov Kornits, FILMINK (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: It's not just the land that feels lost in Ferrell's lumbering latest. After Bewitched, you'd have thought he'd have learned to leave old TV shows well alone.

- Neil Smith, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Crappy jokes galore! Will Ferell used to be a funny guy, but with movies like this and Anchorman on his credit, I've now grown to associate him with words like "lame" and "unfunny". What could have been a great family film, instead became a cascade of poorly written humor attempts. Why then, you might ask, did I still give it an "okay" rating? Well, despite it's annoying shaky cam and bad sense of humor, there were enough funny parts to have me chuckle a few times. Also, it has the advantage of including time travel and dinosaurs (two themes I have a childish predilection for). Heck, I even saw the stink-bomb A Sound of Thunder for the very same reasons. That's why I probably enjoyed this more than the average joe. Or rather to say, was a little more tolerant with it. In any case, we can only hope Ferell gets his act together soon. Because I believe I speak for most of us when I say: we do not need to see another dud of its kind.

- CloudStrife84, Saturday, September 11, 2010

2 stars

Based off of the television series by the same name, Brad Silberling's Land of the Lost is a bag full of hits and misses.The advancement of the 90 minute story is swift, as the film moves into the "Land of the Lost" in a matter of minutes. From then on, most of the picture stays here and this is a good thing, since this is where all the fun happens.The laughs are sporadic in nature and these will obviously vary depending on the viewer. The visuals are cheap and campy, which isn't a huge imperfection given the nature of the film. The CG and bodysuits are seemingly juvenile oriented; however, some of the humor is a little mature for the younger audience.Will Ferrell is liable for most of the laughs. He is the lead character after all. Thanks to his character, Danny McBride is responsible for more of the mature humor. The appealing Anna Friel is a breath of fresh air with the likes of Ferrell and McBride hogging all the comedy.Land of the Lost is nowhere near a film to take seriously, but even with that approach it is undistinguished. Approach with caution. "It's a donut stuffed with M&Ms. That way, when you've finished the donut, you don't have to eat any M&Ms. "

- skactopus, Sunday, August 22, 2010

5 stars

funny!! i loved it. i didn't go in expecting it to be anything other than dumb and a good time with cheap laughs. it didn't disappoint.. will ferrell can do no wrong.

- theylovealexis, Thursday, July 8, 2010