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Blast from the Past
In 1962, Calvin Webber (Christopher Walken) was a brilliant but somewhat paranoid scientist living with his Donna Reed-esque wife, Helen (Sissy Spacek), in Los Angeles. In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a plane crashed into the Webber's yard. Mistaking the blast for "the big one," the Webbers moved into their elaborate bomb shelter to wait out the half-life of radioactive fallout. In the shelter, now a sort of time capsule, Calvin and Helen conceived and raised their son Adam (played as an adult by Brendan Fraser). For 35 years, Adam was raised on Jackie Gleason, Perry… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

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"Blast From the Past saves its best for first."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Thanks to a clever script, tight direction, a first-rate cast and the dynamite combination of Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone, Blast from the Past blows away the recent crop of romantic comedies."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"Despite its faintly mechanical construction, Blast From The Past is very classy, and the improbable comic duo of Spacek and Walken provide the manic edge. Silverstone is good, engagingly grouchy but Fraser is indeed a blast."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Guardian
"Any movie with a rhyming title should be treated with suspicion. And Blast From The Past -- two films inconveniently rolled into one creaking rom-com -- is as bad as it gets."
‑ Yael Shuv, Total Film
"Blast From the Past hits all the right notes."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Fraser is the sweet, goofy engine that drives this movie. The script doesn't do enough with his reactions to a world that bears little relation to the Cold War planet Adam has been told about, but Fraser still manages to suggest volumes."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"That's a relatively clever set-up for what's become a familiar genre: the time-displacement comedy, in which we get a kick out of viewing our era through another era's eyes. But this movie's eyes, Adam's, are awfully twinkly and not too focused."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"[A] bizarre hybrid of romantic comedy cliches and less-than-subtle social commentary."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This fresh idea delivers some scintillating humor."
‑ Laura Danese, Christian Science Monitor
"Blast from the Past is a cute idea that delivers a few good scenes, but not enough to make the movie consistently entertaining."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Garish and not funny enough, Wilson's shapeless satire plods on, squandering its nice premise and its appealing actors. Miraculously, Fraser has a force field around him and manages to radiate energy in this comic black hole."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Unfortunately Mr. Fraser comes off as a forlorn, outsize Pee Wee Herman."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Once the movie decides the air is clear and Fraser begins walking the earth, Blast becomes much spottier at hitting its comic targets and suffers from a bad case of the cutes."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"It's pleasant enough, with Fraser's goofy charm particularly winning."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
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