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Land of the Lost (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 5 June 2009 (USA)
2:30 | Trailer
A space-time vortex sucks scientist Rick Marshall, his assistant Holly and a survivalist Will into a world populated by dinosaurs and painfully slow creatures called Sleestaks.


Brad Silberling
665 ( 77)
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Dr. Rick Marshall
Anna Friel ... Holly Cantrell
Danny McBride ... Will Stanton
Jorma Taccone ... Chaka
John Boylan John Boylan ... Enik
Matt Lauer ... Matt Lauer
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Tar Pits Kid
Sierra McCormick ... Tar Pits Kid
Shannon Lemke Shannon Lemke ... Tar Pits Kid
Steven Wash Jr. ... Tar Pits Kid
Brian Huskey ... Teacher
Kevin Buitrago Kevin Buitrago ... Teenager
Noah Crawford ... Teenager
Jon Kent Ethridge Jon Kent Ethridge ... Teenager (as Jon Kent Ethridge II)
Logan Manus ... Teenager


Palaeontologist Rick Marshall takes Will and Holly into a new world of danger, dinosaurs and big bug-eyed lizard people while trying to find their way back home and, too, save the universe and in doing so saving his reputation. With the dinosaur with brains, brawn and personality and the adventure of scientific advancement and exotic beasts in a far away land, it all adds up to time traveling fun and frolics. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Universal Studios Invites You to Get Lost See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


After their raft falls over the "edge", the arm and hand floating in the water is a nod to the scene in Jaws (1975). See more »


When Holly finds Rick on the floor after his all-night food binge, he is sleeping on his back. When Holly rushes in, Rick is lying on his side. See more »


[first lines]
Astronaut: Mission Control, come in. Mission Control, do you read?
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Crazy Credits

The early 1970's Universal logo is used in the opening credits. See more »


Summer Breeze
Written by Jim Seals (as Jimmy Seals), Dash Crofts (as Darrell Crofts)
Performed by Seals & Crofts
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Land of the 50's
23 December 2019 | by michaelarmerSee all my reviews

What some reviewers on here don't understand is that this was deliberately made in a 50's style with cheesy characters and dubious special effects, to mock that style, and they give it a low rating because they didn't understand this because they are thick!

It is actually a very good Sci-Fi Comedy, Will Ferrell does his usual hamming it up in the lead role very well, Anna Friel is excellent as his gullible and innocent "fan" scientist, Danny McBride is great as the stupid "trailer trash" guy, who despite being a bit rough has good intentions and Jorma Taccone does a good Chaka under all the hair. John Boylan's voice is perfect as the 50's style domineering alien.

Direction is excellent, they keep it to the same 1950's formula almost throughout, It is well timed with great scenes and good photography, my only complaint about that is that they included a couple of music clips that came from the late 1960's, however they did seem to fit the scenes, and the film score was very good.

My favorite scenes are the after when Will Ferrell states that T-Rex has a brain the size of a Walnut and later the Intelligent T-Rex drops a giant Walnut outside the cave entrance where they are staying, where the bug sucks blood out of Will Ferrell when he is trying to play the banjo, and when they drink the juice out of a fruit which turns out to be a narcotic and 'All Along The Watchtower' by The Jimi Hendrix Experience kicks in (A song usually associated with drug taking), and at the end in the interview with Matt Lauer where Will Ferrell puts him down as a payback for an earlier interview where Matt Lauer puts down Will Ferrell.

Lighten up reviewers this is one of the best Sci-Fi comedies going.

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Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Land of the Lost See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,837,350, 7 June 2009

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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