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Parents' Guide to

The Flintstones

By Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Zany Stone Age antics; some violence, drinking.

Movie PG 1994 91 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 7+

Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera and Steven Spielberg knew how to make the cartoon translate to live-action.

The scantily clad secretary and the depiction of some of the other women characters should make parents think twice about whether or not to let children under 7 watch. There's also the drinking, but again in prehistoric days most people weren't sensitive to this. Same goes when the cartoon first came out in 1960. While we can debate whether or not the producers should've gone this far to be faithful to the original series, it is for that reason- loyalty- that drinking was shown. The main focus of this movie is loyalty to friends. After all, it is Barney's loyalty to Fred that gets Fred the promotion. Although there's a rift between Fred and Barney when Fred gets the promotion, they make up by movie's end. There are a couple other lessons to be learned from this movie as well. For example, it is shown how power corrupts some people. The consequences of dishonesty are also portrayed. Barney also learns that loyalty can only go so far. When he saw that Fred wasn't cut out to be a manager, Barney admitted what he did to help Fred get the job, and felt that he shouldn't've. Fred understood his intention and forgave him, thereby telling viewers that we need to look at one's intentions, not just the effects of his or her actions. Kids who enjoy the series will enjoy this movie.
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age 6+

Cute film

If you grew up with the Flintstones cartoon show in the 60s, this will make you chuckle. The casting is clever and performances are good. Special effects are cute. Plot is a little dumb, but, hey, it IS a kid's film. My two 90s kids liked it when it came out. Overall, It's a fun kid's movie. It's not going to do anything to make your kids speak another language or learn to count like the bland, boring politically correct kid's TV shows of today do, but it should make them laugh and gently entertain them- and maybe suggest to them what is meaningful in life and that wealth and power don't provide true or lasting happiness.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Live-action versions of cartoon hits should be approached with caution; if an idea works well as a cartoon, it's unlikely to have the same impact in live action, and vice versa. THE FLINTSTONES actually makes the transition reasonably smoothly, thanks to clever casting and an eclectic display of wacky creatures (computer-generated and puppets). Much of the original series' humor, faithfully recreated here, stems from the fact that the Stone Age world had primitive versions of modern conveniences. Some of these gags, however, are more grotesque when not in cartoon form, but many kids will find this outlandish humor funny.

But Barney and Betty's attempts to adopt a baby, their subsequent financial troubles, and management vs. labor subplots are too serious and at odds with the absurd tone of the rest of the movie. Nevertheless, most kids will enjoy the preposterous world of The Flintstones. The prequel, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, is even better for kids, retaining this movie's virtues, but eliminating the dour elements.

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