Six movies that made us love Brendan Fraser all the more

The internet loves it some Brendan Fraser — and so do we! In honor of his recent Oscar win, here are six movies that helped us fall in love with the likable star… and stay in love:

Encino Man (1992)

From our review: “Link, as the caveman is dubbed, is played with such earnest barbaric charm by Brendan Fraser in a role that I will love him forever for. He’s incredibly physical in all he does and makes me laugh more often than not with his innocent naivete.”

With Honors (1994)

From our review: “Before he majored in movies that centered around slapstick and hitting trees, Brendan Fraser had an almost serious role as Monty, an overachieving bookworm at Harvard University.”

Airheads (1994)

From our review: “The sun rises on a struggling trio of rockers — Chazz (Brendan Fraser), Rex (Buscemi) and Pip (Sandler) — who try to fight the good fight of musicians who want to get noticed. The only problem is that popularity and intelligence aren’t on their side.”

The Mummy (1999)

From our review: “Brendan’s stepped up a few rungs of the ladder of my respect by finding his niche – he does comedy well and action adequately – and refusing to overstep it. He also doesn’t see kid movies as anything to be ashamed of, and that’s kinda cool.”

The Mummy Returns (2001)

From our review: “This is a pretty great ride. You don’t often see whole families of adventurers heading out together, and even the kid here is somewhat tolerable. I think it’s Brandon Fraser treating him with fond affection, and how can we not like someone Fraser does?”

Monkeybone (2001)

From our review: “The problem is that for all of the creativity and thought that was put into costume and creature design, nobody decided to come up with a more cohesive plot. Or, for that matter, actual jokes that play to Frasier’s strength.”

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