Land of the Lost

Theatrical Release: June 5, 2009
Land of the Lost


Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world-a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the “Land of the Lost.”

Sucked alongside him for the adventure are crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist (Danny McBride) named Will. Chased by T. rex and stalked by painfully slow reptiles known as Sleestaks, Marshall, Will and Holly must rely on their only ally-a primate called Chaka (Jorma Taccone)-to navigate out of the hybrid dimension. Escape from this routine expedition gone awry and they’re heroes. Get stuck, and they’ll be permanent refugees in the “Land of the Lost”.

Based on the classic television series created by Sid and Marty Krofft, “Land of the Lost” is directed by Brad Silberling and produced by Jimmy Miller and Sid and Marty Krofft.

Dove Review

My, how the times have changed over the years. The Krofft brothers, the same brothers who produced the beloved TV series “Land of the Lost” in the seventies, and then brought it back in a recycled form, have now made a major motion picture based on the show. Gone is the innocence of the original series and series like it, for example “H.R. Pufnstuf”, “The Bugaloos”, and “Lidsville”, just to name a few. Now we have a film which has so many expletives and strong language that I had a difficult time keeping track of the count. The sexual innuendos abound and a couple of characters place their hand on a woman’s breast and leave it there until she makes them remove it.

I am not sure why this approach was taken, other than the producers thought this is what today’s audience would want. It does have a few genuinely funny moments, but I guess the nostalgia factor got to me and I just couldn’t understand why a family TV series morphed into this particular movie. Even Rick Marshall’s children, Will and Holly, are not to be found in this film but instead are two colleagues of Dr. Marshall, played by Will Ferrell. The special effects are great in spots in the movie, but I am afraid that many people who see this film for nostalgia’s sake will not enjoy the changes which have taken place. As far as the family, this film is very unfriendly toward the family, particularly children, and we are unable to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. Lovers of the old show will feel “lost” if they see this picture.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Passionate kissing and some sexual innuendos; a character places his hand on woman's breast and leaves it there and another character does the same thing and this happens more than once; a character refers to his girlfriend as his lover; a non-human character touches a man's privates; a character briefly gyrates in a sexual fashion.
Language: GD-1; G/OMG-23; JC-1; F-1; H-14; S-8; P/PO-5; D-8; "Da_n you"-1; B-8; SOB-2; A-4; Slang for female genitalia-2; Slang for male genitalia-1; Slang for breast-2; C*ap-3; S*ck it-1; Freakin-1; Nipples-1; "We're Sc*ewed"-1
Violence: Dinosaurs chase characters; one swallows a character who survives it; a huge mosquito-like bug sucks blood from a character and he turns pale; a comment about eating a character if food isn't found; a dinosaur swallows a bomb and it explodes and it is rather gross with bloody pieces of flesh seen; an arm is eaten off by dinosaur but only a brief glimpse of the severed limb is seen; a character is destroyed by a laser.
Drugs: A reference to marijuana burning near the sun and a person getting high from it; the word "narcotic" is used in a discussion.
Nudity: Partial rear female nudity; side of woman's breast seen; shirtless men; characters both male and female in swim wear; cleavage.
Other: Ashes are put in coffee; a mug is featured in a scene with two breasts on it; a character says he loves his friends more than Jesus loved people while he was on the cross; Reference to a Sleestak "god".


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Chris Henchy and Dennis McNicholas and Sid and Marty Krofft
Director: Brad Silberling
Producer: Marty Krofft
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 93 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter