'''''Encino Man''''' is a 1992 comedy movie in which a caveman named Link (played by Creator/BrendanFraser) goes from being frozen in a block of ice to being the most popular guy at Encino High, with help from Dave (Creator/SeanAstin) and his friend Stoney (Pauly Shore).
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!!This movie provides examples of:
* AllCavemenWereNeanderthals: Averted.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Teena
* AsianAndNerdy: the lone Asian student to play a (minor) role is portrayed as an overenthusiastic geek, always trying to get more students to join the Computer Club.
** ... and he's played by a then-teenaged [[Film/TempleOfDoom Jonathan Ke Quan]].
* BerserkButton "Maybe Matt Wilson was right about you all along."
* BrainFreeze: Link experiences one after Stoney's lesson on "wheezing the juice". His mouth is still full of slush drink as he silently clutches at his head,
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Dave's younger sister.
* BrokenAesop
* ContemporaryCaveman
* DeathGlare: Link, when Matt punched the glass he was drawing on with mustard.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Link will eat anything. ''Anything.''
* HappilyMarried: Despite the Ice Age, Link and his wife loved each other very much.
* HarmlessFreezing
* HereWeGoAgain: After everything is settled [[spoiler: Link's mate from the past is discovered in their pool and the whole mess is starting over again.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Link freaks out at the museum. See MoodWhiplash below.
* HumanPopsicle: Link
* InsistentTerminology: "Parallel parking is not a 'thing', alright? It's not a feeling, it's not a state-of-mind, it's not one of your personal disco records."
* IronicEcho: "SHUUUSH!"
* JerkJock: Matt Wilson fits this trope to a T.
* KickTheDog: When Dave calls Robyn from jail to ask her to the prom and she rejects him... which in and of itself is not a cruel thing, but then she ''asks him to find out if Link will go to the prom with her.'' Way to rub salt in the wound, Robyn.
* LittleNo: Link's first word.
-->''(Link was about to use a lit match to make a fire)''\\
'''Dave:''' Hey! ''(takes the match away)'' No!\\
'''Link:''' No.\\
'''Dave:''' What? Did you just... ?
* MakeoverMontage: Dave and Stoney transform Link from a muddy, clay-caked naked wild man into a goofy-looking 90s teenager through the magic of a completely unnecessary and ineffectual haircut, a toothbrush, and lots and lots of soap. Link even wears a towel turban for part of the scene.
* MoneyDearBoy: Actually, Sean Astin couldn't be lured into making this film just by offers of money. Then he was offered a chance to direct at least one short film, when he really wanted a directing career. He describes his response to that as "Sold!"
* MoodWhiplash: The museum field trip, where Link realizes what exactly has happened to him (and the [[spoiler:presumed]] fate of his wife).
* NubileSavage: Initially averted with both Link ''and'' his wife, who are dirty, have rotten teeth, and are clothed in lots of furs (they ''are'' living through an ice age). However, Link [[SheCleansUpNicely cleans up nice]], and [[spoiler:at the end, so does his wife]].
* OwMyBodyPart
-->'''Stoney:''' Ow! My pancreas!
* ProductPlacement Big time. Products they mention by name include Ho-Hos, Milkduds, ICEEs, Taco Bell and Sweetarts.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand
* ShoutOut: [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "I'll be back."]]
** Link [[Film/{{Twins}} drives like Julius]].
* SurferDude: Stoney
* ThisLoserIsYou: Dave and Stoney
* ThoseTwoGuys
* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: Well, not a lawyer, but otherwise Link fits both the trope and the name to a T.
* TheVoiceless: Link, for most of the movie. Though he does pick up some words, he only understands about half of what he says, so he communicates primarily through body language.
* WalkThisWay: As the class heads to the museum, Stoney (exaggerately) mimics the way Matt Wilson's cohorts walk, while talking behind them.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Robyn goes out with Matt at the star to the movie, which Dave just found out. He even says this. Soon she broke up with him due to his {{jerkass}}-ness.
* WhatTheHellHero: Stoney gives Dave one of these when Dave tries to abandon Link. Stoney points out that Dave never viewed Link as a friend, but just a tool to help him become popular.
* WildHair: Link, obviously. Even though the boys give him a haircut.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Link, when he realizes his world, his old life, and his wife is gone. However, [[spoiler:his wife has also been frozen in ice and is reunited with Link]].
* YourMom:
-->'''Matt:''' Going somewhere?\\
'''Dave:''' Yeah, got a date with your mom.\\
'''Matt:''' Now that's not nice.\\
'''Dave:''' [[IWasJustJoking It's just a joke]], I'm sorry.

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