In this live-action prequel to The Flintstones (1994), the Flintstones and the Rubbles go on a trip to Rock Vegas, where Wilma Slaghoople (Kristen Johnston) is pursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson).
When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.
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
an Urban Achiever
Kristen Stewart and her brother Cameron B. Stewart appeared in this movie as extras: "Ring Toss Girl" and a caveman. Their mother, Jules Stewart, was the Script Supervisor. Kristen and Cameron were uncredited. See more »
When Fred shows Wilma how to bowl, the ball breaks in half before it hits the ground. See more »
The Universal logo says "Univershell" and displays a single large continent. The aliens fly by that earth, and one of them mentions the letters. 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 »
This movie makes an awkward attempt to stay faithful to the spirit of the cartoon. It has moments, but far too few of them.
The few things done right first: Jane Krakowski makes a wonderful Betty; why couldn't she have been in the first movie? She makes the silly dialog somehow sweet and fun. The dating sequence is cute and the Vegas arrival scene has some clever sight gags, but these were fleeting montages. Harvey Korman is wasted in a throw-away role with few lines; instead of voicing Gazoo (as he did in the original cartoon), and the guy they use for Gazoo sounds like slate grinding on bedrock.
Joan Collins is obnoxious enough on her own; this movie has her play a wrenching stereotypical loudmouth mother-in-law who you want to feed to the nearest T-Rex you can find. And the guy that plays Barney? What the heck is he doing? His entire performance looked like a rejected audition for a junior high school production of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in Jurassic Park." Fred? The guy had a voice almost as nasally as Joan Collins. Wilma is cast as a 7-foot-tall giraffe. Fred goes gambling: Gee, what's gonna happen there? Fred and Barney dress up as dancers: they even manage to ruin this classic comedy routine. A poorly done triangle story falls flat.
This petrified fossil of a film does little justice to the Modern Stone-Aged Family. Rent some of the original cartoons, instead.
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