Caveman starts with the concept that any movie depicting dinosaurs and
humans in the same place at the same time is inherently ridiculous, and runs with
that idea. Carl Gottlieb is perhaps best known for his work on the script of Steven
Spielberg's classic Jaws, but Caveman is strictly for laughs. During
the course of the movie, Starr and his band of prehistoric outcasts discover fire,
learn to walk upright, and (of course) discover music. Along the way they triumph
over a rival tribe, led by John Matuszak, as well as a number of dimensionally animated
dinosaurs. Given that the script is in a nonsensical language, it's a credit to the
performers and to Gottlieb that Caveman manages to be as coherent as it is.
The humorous dialogue is even more uproarious to those who have seen the likes of
One Million Years, B.C. and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, wherein
the cast is forced to attempt delivering caveperson gibberish with real conviction.
There's also a plethora of scatological humor, but it's good, if messy, fun. The
animated dinosaurs are quite memorable, particularly an aged, nearly toothless Tyrannosaurus
Rex that ends up stoned out of its mind on narcotic berries. The laserdisc of Caveman,
although letterboxed, is pretty much a no-frills presentation. No trailers, no captivating
"Making of Caveman" featurette, and, sadly, no Ringo Starr music
video. Still, the film succeeds within the bounds it sets for itself and that's more
than most of what's marketed as comedy manages to do nowadays.
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