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Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone, Michael Papajohn ... see more see more... , Mousa Kraish , Pollyanna McIntosh

This big-screen adaptation of Land of the Lost stars Will Ferrell as Dr. Rick Marshall, a quantum paleontologist who has been discredited in the scientific world due to his strident belief in time tra... read more read more...vel as the cure for all of humanity's problems. After hitting an all-time low, giving a lecture to elementary school kids, Dr. Marshall meets an ambitious young scientist named Holly (Anna Friel), who tells him she has followed all his work and believes he's a genius. Spurred on by her enthusiasm, he finishes building the device that will allow him to time travel -- something he promptly does along with Holly, and white-trash fireworks salesman Will (Danny McBride), after Will leads them into a cave that seems like a promising place to test the new machine. They end up in a world full of dinosaurs, sand, and scary lizard-like creatures known as Sleestacks. They quickly lose the machine that brought them to this alternate universe, and if they ever want to return home, the trio must recover it with the help of Chaka (Jorma Taccone), the monkey-like friend they make in this strange place. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009

Stats: 17,870 reviews

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  • February 4, 2013
    I don't know anything about the original TV series this film is based on, knowing TV adaptations these days it's probably nothing like it but I really don't know. It does however make me want to visit the old TV series out of curiosity though as I'm guessing it pokes fun at it so... read moremewhat. I quite liked the sets; the random 50's cars/diners etc in the dessert, the Aztec looking lizard people, the dinosaur etc, visually it was pretty neat. Quite typically with Will Ferrell films I feel that they would be loads better if they didn't have Will Ferrell in them, I believe that if you replaced the three leading actors with just about anyone else it would have improved the film vastly. Just think, if this was a Jonny Depp fronted film I'm sure it would have done much better. Will Ferrell just isn't funny.
  • December 17, 2011
    Apart from the chosen actors, the movie handled its money SO badly. The effects were adequate and instead of being a family film it's instead decidedly mean. A bad choice. Still I enjoyed the acting from Ferrell and Bride and it was exceptionally funny. And this made up for its f... read morelaws. Good for one viewing, just watch it with low expectations.
  • August 15, 2011
    Matt Lauer and this movie can suck it. Dont get me wrong, I love Will Ferell as much as the next guy, but come on this movie sucked! It had very few funny jokes, bad productions, the plot was hopelessly stupid, and it is the worst thing that happened to Will Ferell since Roxbur... read morey. Sorry but I hated this movie.
  • June 24, 2011
    Mad and really unusual!
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    October 17, 2010
    Land of the Lost, is weird, stupid and really has no explanation of how or why Will Ferrel's character is smart enough to create a time warps millions of years into the past. The visual effects look like they are back in the beginning stages of production, and the visuals are as ... read morecheesy as hell. There are sparks of comedy here and there and the story is so laughable that you can't say it's bad. I liked parts and I didn't like parts. This movie is very strange and starts way too fast. The cast holds this film together, as the movie stumbles on poor dialogue, laughable effects and emotion/comedy. This movie has everything and nothing if you know what I mean. This film is in serious need of restructure. It's not bad, but it's just not good. Land of the Lost is just plain weird!
  • September 11, 2010
    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 ... read moreattempts. 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.
  • August 22, 2010
    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 pic

    ... read moreture 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. "

  • August 2, 2010
    Pretty strange, not altogether funny, and full of plot holes. The best scenes feature Matt Lauer.
  • July 8, 2010
    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.
  • June 24, 2010
    "matt lauer can suck it." I actually thought this movie was funny. I'm suprised it has many bad reviews. i'm not saying it's a great movie cause it's not but I don't think it's bad. I had fun watching it. B-

Critic Reviews

J. R. Jones
November 15, 2011
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

[A] gigantic chunk of scat. Full Review

Trevor Johnston
July 31, 2009
Trevor Johnston, Time Out

A ragbag of lackadaisical plotting, drugs references, puerile lechery and shiny effects work, an assemblage far from child-friendly yet not quite grungey enough to wow older teens. Full Review

Joshua Rothkopf
June 10, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

A seriously mistaken enterprise, this Cat in the Hat-worthy stinker grafts the DNA of a Gerald Ford-era children's TV show (barely remembered by thirtysomethings) to the restless-leg freneticism of to... Full Review

James Rocchi
June 8, 2009
James Rocchi, MSN Movies

The interesting thing, though, when you actually see "Land of the Lost," is that it ... essentially functions as a high-cost, high-gloss parody of itself. Full Review

Ben Lyons
June 8, 2009
Ben Lyons, At the Movies

Farrell and McBride are great together at times in this movie. Full Review

Ben Mankiewicz
June 8, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies

Danny McBride is funny in the movie, not nearly often enough. Full Review

Michael Phillips
June 5, 2009
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

The movie is 90 minutes of bickering and blase under-reaction to outrageous events, interrupted by gross-out scraps such as Ferrell's run-in with an enormous mosquito, which ends with a tremendous amo... Full Review

Colin Covert
June 5, 2009
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

This isn't the Land of the Lost you remember from childhood, but get on its antisocial wavelength and it's fitfully laugh-out-loud funny. Full Review

Lou Lumenick
June 5, 2009
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Pity the unwitting parents who take their kids to see Land of the Lost, Will Ferrell's terminally stupid, sloppy, campy and cheesy -- and thoroughly unexciting and unfunny -- experiment in 'family ent... Full Review

Amy Biancolli
June 5, 2009
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

It all amounts to a certain brand of comedy -- something closer to long-form Dada than conventional humor. Full Review

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    • Dr. Rick Marshall: Sweat Gregor Mendel.
    • Dr. Rick Marshall: God I hope I get It, I hope I get It.
    • Will: Do you ever get tired of being wrong?
    • Dr. Rick Marshall: Yes! I really do!
    • Will: Never trust a guy in a tunic.
    • Will: Told you. Never trust a guy in a tunic.
    • Dr. Rick Marshall: What the h***?
    • Will: Oh my bad. I'm man enough to say I was wrong.

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  • In the movie "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" the character Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly (played by Will Ferrell) is a veiled reference to what 70's TV show?  Answer »
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  • "Batman" (1966)- The props used in this show, (such as the computers and guns) also were used in "Lost in Space" (1965), "Time Tunnel" (1966), "Land of the Giants" (1968), and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964).   Answer »
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