The Flintstones are at it again. The Flintstones and the Rubbles head for Rock Vegas with Fred (Mark Addy) hoping to court the lovely Wilma Slaghoople (Kristen Johnston). Nothing will stand in the way of love, except for the conniving Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson), who is the playboy born in Baysville, but who has made it in the cutthroat town of Rock Vegas. Will Fred win Wilma's love?Written by
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During the movie it is stated that Fred and Barney are the only one who can see Gazoo. However at the end Dino is licking Gazoo and he says to him that "it will never work out", which made Dino sad. That means that Dino was able to see Gazoo as well. See more »
Gazaam & Gazing:
You are a calamity, a disgrace! You've got no professional detachment, and you can't keep your big nose out of other people's business! As an intergalactic observer, you stink!
[sees the Universal logo]
Did anybody else see those flying letters by?
Gazaam & Gazing:
You are hopeless, Kazoo.
Actually, it's Gazoo. "Ga!"
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After the credits, the standard "When in Hollywood Visit Universal Studios" card is replaced with the prehistoric equivalent "When in Hollyrock visit Univershell Studios". See more »
TV airings add the following scenes:
-Betty dumping her boyfriend at the burger joint, after seeing he's cheating on her
-A few lines of additional dialogue between Fred and Betty as they race to the roller coaster
-A scene where Fred and William are eating out and Barney asks if they've seen Betty before she runs into McJagger
-Barney confronts Fred about Betty as he gambles at the slots
-An extended scene where Chip talks about Fred's unpaid credit and Fred proposes to pay him off with his paychecks
-Longer version of Willma's mother trying to convince her to marry Chip while his dad goes off to "assemble the troops"
-The goons meet up with Chip as the security mentions of Fred and Barney's escape
-Barney and Willima rekindling after knocking McJagger out See more »
When both Flintstone movies came out, my daughter wanted to see them, so we did. I was not especially impressed by the films...but I thought they weren't bad. Well, apparently I am not the typical viewer, as both films (especially "Viva Rock Vegas") have very low scores on IMDB...and "Viva Rock Vegas" now made the Bottom 100 list following the recent changes to this list (increasing the minimum number of votes greatly impacted the list....and about 2/3 of the films are new to the list). Because of this change, I decided to try seeing the film again....and perhaps I was mistaken the first time.
The first thing you'll notice is that although the look of the film is great (much like the first film), all the principal actors are different. Apparently, the studio had a hard time getting the old actors to commit to the film...so to try to get around this, the movie is supposed to be a prequel which occurred long before the Spielberg film.
When the story begins, Gazoo is being punished for some unknown mistakes. His punishment is to be banished to Earth to observe human mating rituals. Not surprisingly, he picks Fred and Barney to follow...as the boys have not yet met Betty and Wilma. Once they do, they all fall in love but it doesn't go THAT smoothly. First, Wilma comes from a rich and snooty family...and they have no interest in low-brow Fred. Second, Wilma's old boyfriend invites the four of them to Rock Vegas....and he obviously has some underhanded scheme in mind for them. Third, once in Rock Vegas, Betty mistakenly thinks Barney is chasing another woman and she ends up being one of Mick Jagged's entourage.
So was I wrong the first time? I don't think so. While the film isn't exactly brilliant, it is what it is supposed to be...a live action version of a cartoon...no more, no less. And, despite me not seeing it with my daughter this time, I had a fine time watching the film. Pleasant and adequate...and not at all deserving all the hate it's received. Believe me...there are many, many, many worse kids films, such as "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians", "Baby Geniuses" (1 and 2), "Son of the Mask" and most of the "Land Before Time" films (they made 14 of them!!!). Don't be afraid to buck conventional wisdom, as I think this film is enjoyable and a decent story to watch with your kids.
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