The announcement of a Land of the Lost movie put a smile on many an aging boomer: Will Ferrell, all seemed to agree, was the perfect actor to bring new life to a Saturday-morning series that so captivated them in their youths. But something happened along the way—the goofy-camp weirdness that imbued the Sid and Mary Kroft shows was thrown out and replaced by a crass and more adult-friendly sensibility. An oddly watchable mess, the movie was one of the big flops of 2009.
WHAT OTHERS SAID:
“Modernizing a 1970s children’s TV show known for its cheap special effects offered certain possibilities, but the filmmakers have traded in any kid-friendly elements for bathroom humor of dinosaur-sized proportions. The result is a movie with an exceedingly narrow target aud that should test Will Ferrell’s appeal among boys maybe ages 12-14 — about the only demo likely able to endure this laborious mess.”
— Brian Lowry, Variety, June 3, 2009
ROTTEN TOMATOES RATING: 27%
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