The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Uninspired Flintstones flick mostly WWE product placement.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 52 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate. 

Positive Messages

Some attempt at showing that risking your family's livelihood to make more money isn't worth it, but the characters don't learn from their mistakes and are back to the same schemes by the end.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No role models here.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of cartoonish violence, such as wrestling matches that lead to black eyes and slapstick bumbles and falls.

Sexy Stuff

Wilma shows off in a bikini for Fred. Wrestling twins run a kissing booth and sport skimpy outfits.

Language

Mild name-calling such as "ugly," "chicken," and "loser."

Consumerism

The entire movie is a product tie-in for the WWE franchise. Also references to many other brands with a Flintstone twist (Stonebucks, Marshales, and so on).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Fruity umbrella drinks at a resort that could be alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown is modern revamp of The Flintstones that heavily features the WWE franchise. Actual WWE wrestlers given a Flintstones twist are featured alongside the original Flintstones crew, and the plot centers on WWE-style wrestling matches. The short film features some mild name-calling, a few skimpy outfits, and a lot of cartoon violence in and out of the wrestling ring. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written bypuper15 March 12, 2015

Oh WWE, how thou have fallen.

The WWE, once a company producing classic wrestling matches but now is a joke. when my little brother asked me to watch this with him I was a little hesitant bu... Continue reading

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What's the story?

When Fred (Jeff Bergman) loses his family's vacation fund, he decides to get it back by creating a WWE-style entertainment event. While he emcees, Barney (Kevin Michael Richardson) is thrown into the ring with John Cenastone (John Cena), the Undertaker, and Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio). When the clams starting rolling in, Fred has to decide whether he should risk it all to throw an even bigger and better match or listen to Barney and quit while he's ahead.

Is it any good?

While STONE AGE SMACKDOWN does feature a lot of the quirky Stone Age gadgets and gizmos that were really the best part of the original series, this wrestling-centric reboot mostly falls flat. None of the original characters are very interesting or likable, and the plot is obviously a very thin attempt to cram in as many WWE characters and references as possible. If you have no knowledge of the WWE franchise, you'll have no frame of reference for all the side characters, which makes the flick mostly tedious and boring.

Die-hard wrestling fans may enjoy seeing their favorite personas brought to cartoon life. But fans of The Flintstones will mostly be left cold and are probably better off sticking to the original series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this new version of The Flintstones. How is this movie different from the original series? How is it the same?

  • Along with The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown, there's a Scooby-Doo! collaboration with the WWE. Why do you think the WWE wants to depict their wrestlers as cartoon characters?

  • Did you think the WWE characters add anything to the story? Do you think they mesh well with the original characters?

Movie details

For kids who love classic shows

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