YMMV / Encino Man

  • An Aesop: The message of this film seem to be "popularity is not as important as being true to yourself."
  • Fridge Logic:
    • Why was there a block of ice in the ground in California where it is warm most of the time? A block of ice that has to be frozen for millenia in California?
      • The science teacher at the beginning of the film explains this one. He says that scientists still believe that underground glaciers exist in the area where the film is located. Presumably, the earthquake at the start of the film brought Link's block of ice closer to the surface.
    • Dave didn't understand why Link didn't hit Matt back. Stoney tells him it's because, like all cavemen, Link fought for food and survival, not for popularity. Though they may have also fought for tribal leadership.
      • Also, even if they did fight for leadership, Link knew he wasn't a part of this strange "tribe," so challenging the alpha male would be pointless.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The 7-11 clerk who chastises Link and Stoney for drinking out of the Icee machine ("No wheezing the ju-uice!") is played by Erick Avari, who would later have a supporting role in the blockbuster The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser.
  • Memetic Mutation: The shot of Matt Wilson randomly appearing on screen, shaking his head towards Dave, became a YTMND fad for a while.
  • Tearjerker: When Link goes to the museum and learns what happened to his people.