1999 / 112m - USA
Comedy, Romance
Blast from the Past poster


April 04, 2023


A romcom that does its best to honor its title. There's a thick "everything used to be better" vibe that runs underneath the film, which is used for comedic effect for sure, but the clear love for bygone eras (namely the late 50s/early 60s) betrays a deeper belief in the film's premise. It's not something that gelled with me.

Adam is born in a fallout shelter, his parents locked themselves in there after mistakenly believing a nuclear bomb had fallen on the US. A good 35 years later they emerge from their shelter, unsure of what the world will look like. What they find is quite distressing, only their son has the guts to explore this new world.

It's not an unfamiliar setup, and with Fraser in the lead, you know the comedy will be overly PG and goofy. He makes a nice onscreen couple with Silverstone, but both the comedy and romance are a bit too predictable to fill out the 110-minute runtime. It's certainly not the worst of its kind, just a tad too generic.