Land of the Lost
is the motion picture version
of the NBC series of the same name
, released in the summer of 2009, featuring Will Ferrell.
The story focuses on Rick Marshall, a somewhat pompous paleontologist whose career was waylaid after a disastrous TV interview where his theories of time warps were ridiculed, to which he now works as a lowly job at a Tar Pit tourist attraction. However, he's approached by a college student, Holly Cantrell, who believes his theories could be right after showing him proof via a fossil of a cigarette lighter, and a crystal that gives off tachyon energy. After building an amplifier for it, they head for a cave that gives off the same energy. Joined by Will Stanton, the gift shop owner where the cave is located, the three venture in and find a time warp where they fall in. Winding up in the alternate world where objects of various cultures and periods litter the land and populated by primate-like beings (such as their friend, Cha-ka), dinosaurs and lizard people. It's the find of a century! But can the group survive the world's dangers and more importantly, find a way back to their world.
The film is more comedic and slapsticky than the series, but also includes drug-use sequences and plenty of sexual humor, making the marketing campaign's partial targeting of children highly confusing. It's more a parody (described as such by Ferrell himself) than actually bearing any relation to the series.
Land of the Lost provides examples of: