The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Um, no surprises here. Better than the original.
  • PG
  • 2000
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Shows what gambling casinos are like. 

Positive Messages

Love finds a way to blossom -- and win out in the end. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are cartoon characters, and stay that way. 

Violence & Scariness

Fred falls from a Ferris wheel. 

Sexy Stuff

While in search for Barney in a Rock Vegas casino, Betty finds him, and it appears that he has his hands on the breasts of a showgirl.

Language

A couple of mild naughty words and some potty humor.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At the casino, characters drink but don't act intoxicated. Fred and Barney drink from glasses that look as if they would contain alcoholic beverages, but they don't act intoxicated. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas is the 2000 live-action film starring Stephen Baldwin and Jane Krakowski. All the tropes from the classic Flintstones cartoon from the early '60s are here -- sight gags, caveman puns, working dinosaurs lamenting their fates directly to the camera. There are a couple moments of sexual innuendo with Barney, and some cartoonish violence along the order of Fred falling from a ferris wheel. And early in the early in the film, a dinosaur audibly passes gas. But on the whole, this silly and campy reinterpretation of the well-known cartoon is enjoyable enough for the entire family. The problem is that this movie, in spite of fun acting and closing adhering to the source material, doesn't really move beyond the original cartoon; it just brings back jokes from that show in a not very different form. Ultimately, you're better off watching the perpetually syndicated Hanna-Barbera animated series. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLowe's man October 17, 2014

May not stay with you forever and ever, but still entertaining.

The plot must not have been very strong, because I only remember bits and pieces of this movie. Granted, I only saw it once, and that was when it first came ou... Continue reading
Adult Written byemmastanley August 2, 2015

Love this movie

This is amazing and love itt
Teen, 15 years old Written byJoker15 September 29, 2009

I thought the first one was bad

Omigosh, I thought the first movie was bad, this stunk even more. However, it was better then the Scooby-Doo movies.
Kid, 9 years old June 25, 2011

What's the story?

Wilma (Kristen Johnston (Third Rock from the Sun) is the pampered daughter of the snobbish Pearl Slaghoople (Joan Collins) and the loving but addled Colonel (Harvey Korman). She has no interest in a life of country clubs and snobs. She runs away and is befriended by waitress Betty O'Shale (Jane Krakowski of Ally McBeal). They meet Fred (Mark Addy, from The Full Monty) and Barney (Stephen Baldwin, from The Usual Suspects) and all goes well until Chip Rockefeller (Dharma & Greg's Thomas Gibson), who is after Wilma's fortune, invites them to his new resort in Rock Vegas. But all ends well, and we even get to see the origins of Wilma's upswept hairstyle and pearls.

Is it any good?

FLINTSTONES IN VIVA LAS VEGAS is better than the original 1994 Flintstones movie. This prequel benefits from lower expectations (it was originally intended as a straight-to-video release) and improved technology (the CGI dinosaurs are terrific). OK, it begins with a fart joke (the guilty party -- a dinosaur -- says, "Hey, I got three stomachs, cut me some slack!"). And the rest of the humor is only slightly more elevated; some of its jokes are older than the Stone Age. But it's not too bad. There are even a couple of genuinely funny moments, and it can provide for moderately enjoyable family entertainment or a first-class birthday party for anyone in the 5- to 8-year-old range. 

Mark Addy and Stephen Baldwin play Fred and Barney as though they're really enjoying it. The wonderfully talented Kristen Johnston is sadly underused as Wilma, but she looks sensational in her "Isaac Miz-rock-hi" animal skins. The highlight of the movie is Alan Cummings. He plays both Gazoo, the space alien who comes to earth to observe human mating rituals, and Mick Jagged, the (what else) rock star, frontman for (what else) the Stones. It's a real pity that he plays only two roles -- the movie fades whenever he's offscreen. In the soundtrack's highlight, Ann-Margret simultaneously salutes two of her career highlights -- the original Flintstones cartoon (as "Ann Margrock") and the 1964 film Viva Las Vegas (in which she co-starred with Elvis Presley) with a terrific rendition of the song "Viva Rock Vegas."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this prequel compares with the first Flintstones live-action movie. Is it as funny? Is it better? 

  • Which do you like better, the old Flintstones cartoons or the live action Flintstones movies? 

  • Why are live-action movies based on cartoon series so popular? What other cartoons have been made into nonanimated feature films?

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