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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
90 minutes
performer:
Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston, Jane Krakowski, Joan Collins, Alan Cumming, Thomas Gibson
director:
Brian Levant
distributor:
Universal
author:
Deborah Kaplan
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Mark Addy, the plump beefcake from The Full Monty, doesn’t have the hefty personality of John Goodman, who played Fred in the 1994 Flintstones; Addy’s Fred is a big old sweetie pie. The rest of the road-company cast in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas matches Addy’s amiable blandness, and in a way that’s a relief after the 1990s glut of features badly remade from old TV shows. With no headliners to raise hopes, this negligible entertainment has its own boneheaded charms.

A prequel to the previous, coarser film, it explains how brawny Fred won over Wilma (Kristen Johnson) despite the objections of her Dynasty-gorgon of a mother (Joan Collins), and how dim Barney (Stephen Baldwin) shared stupidities with Betty (Jane Krakowski). Brian Levant directs again, from a script hacked by writers who deserve brontosaurus burgers for limiting themselves to just one gag involving dinosaur flatulence. C+