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 Como, and stories about life on the surface. Calvin taught his son about science, baseball, and communists while Mom taught Adam about dancing, good manners, and charming young ladies. Just in time, too, as Adam is sent to the surface to gather supplies and find a wife, preferably a nice, non-mutant girl from Pasadena with which to repopulate the world. Once this "fish out of water" story is set up, the fish, Adam, is set adrift in a sea of supermarkets and adult bookstores, but is soon caught by Eve Rustikov (Alicia Silverstone). Completely lost above ground, Adam enlists Eve's help to navigate his new world and find the supplies on his list. The literally sheltered Adam falls for this bitter, cynical, street-smart woman who grew up in a bleak Los Angeles with little use for love. Living with her gay roommate, Troy (Dave Foley), Eve has had her hopes chipped away by a long line of dead-end jobs and loser boyfriends. When the throwback Adam enters her life with his sunny disposition, seersucker jacket, and joy at seeing the sky, she can't help but fall in love.~Ron Wells
If you are old enough to remember survival drills in elementry and middle school (Sit under desk, knees tucked to your chest, cover face between your knees, citizens building bomb shelters all over the place) you will like this movie. Or the memories of putting sports cards in your spokes, mabe a Mantel or a Maris. Simple but funny movie.
I remembered this movie about sheltering in place and thought in would be good to watch in a time of COVID-19. I really like the cast of Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek and Dave Foley and especially enjoyed the dance scenes.
A modern day fairy tale of a family who descends into their prepared bomb shelter and doesn't emerge until the radioactivity from the perceived bomb will have faded. A young man born in the shelter grows up in a time capsule before our society went all wrong in recent decades. His innocence gives us a fresh perspective on how many ways this country has changed for the worst, but instead of modern day Californians corrupt him, he uses what he has learned to make the world a better place for him and his family.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
One of the best movies that I have ever watched bar none.
Waiting for fallout 4 the game to come out i thought this would be a great movie to purchase on blu-ray, and the fact i already bought it on dvd years ago and really enjoyed it. After seeing it again on blu-ray, i enjoyed it even more plus with quality of blue-ray and this was an excellent transfer (also the price was great). I would recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for some fun in a movie and an adventure!
Great family film about a guy raised in a bomb shelter by super scared of the Commies, but loving parents. He emerges into a world he does not know and comedy and love follows. Very G rated for the most part, some PG-13 stuff. All the actors did a great job, casting was done well.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Fun rom-com even if somewhat predictable
This is just a fun little movie that may not be award winning, but how can you go wrong with Christopher Walken? Plus for fans of Firefly seeing Nathan Fillion as the ex-boyfriend is something I had forgotten.
Anyway it is a good popcorn movie, very light and charming. Again I purchased the Blu-Ray to upgrade/replace the DVD I owned.