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"THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS"
(2000) (Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor Minor Heavy None Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None None Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild None Minor Mild Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: In this prequel to the first "The Flintstones" movie, Fred and Barney must overcome various obstacles while dating the women who will eventually become their wives.
PLOT:
Fred Flintstone (MARK ADDY) and his best pal, Barney Rubble (STEPHEN BALDWIN) are two blue-collar, prehistoric workers who've just landed jobs at the Bedrock rock quarry. While Barney is happy with their achievement, Fred isn't because he feels he should be enjoying his good news with an equally good woman by his side.

Across town, Wilma Slaghoople (KRISTEN JOHNSTON) is also unhappy, but for quite different reasons. The beautiful daughter of the Colonel (HARVEY KORMAN) and Pearl Slaghoople (JOAN COLLINS), Wilma can't see herself becoming her mother and living a pretentious and wealthy life. Nor is she interested in marrying Chip Rockefeller (THOMAS GIBSON), a handsome and debonair bachelor who owns much of Rock Vegas, the famous gambling city.

As such, Wilma hits the road and is taken in by Betty O'Shale (JANE KRAKOWSKI), a waitress at the local Bronto King, who believes Wilma to be a poor, "caveless" girl. The two become fast friends and eventually end up going on a double date with Fred and Barney. Soon, the two couples are inseparable, although a disaster at a Slaghoople dinner involving Fred's pet dinosaur, Dino, strains family ties.

Even so, Chip invites the foursome to his casino in Rock Vegas where they, along with The Great Gazoo (ALAN CUMMING), an alien sent to Earth to observe the "mating rituals" of stone age people, arrive and immediately begin having a good time, oblivious to the fact that Chip and his assistant, Roxie (ALEX MENESES), have ulterior motives.

As Chip sets his plan into motion, Fred and Barney must do what they can to get Wilma and Betty back into their lives and good graces, something that becomes rather difficult due to various obstacles thrown their way, including the presence of legendary rock and roll star, Mick Jagged (ALAN CUMMING).

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who enjoyed the first film and/or the original cartoon series from which it was based, probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For innuendo and brief language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • MARK ADDY plays a good-hearted, but boisterous quarry worker who wants a woman in his life and thus pursues Wilma. Along the way he gets addicted to casino-style gambling.
  • STEPHEN BALDWIN plays his dimwitted best friend who similarly finds himself attracted to Wilma's friend, Betty.
  • KRISTEN JOHNSTON plays Wilma, the unhappy daughter from a wealthy and elitist family who wants nothing to do with their fame, fortune and/or lifestyle.
  • JANE KRAKOWSKI plays her best friend, a local waitress who falls for Barney but then starts seeing a rock star when she mistakenly believes Barney's cheating on her.
  • JOAN COLLINS plays Wilma's elitist mother who looks down on most everyone else and doesn't approve of Wilma dating Fred.
  • THOMAS GIBSON plays a handsome and debonair, but elitist bachelor who pursues Wilma and tries to ruin Fred's life in the process.
  • ALAN CUMMING plays a diminutive, wisecracking and somewhat demeaning alien who's sent to Earth to observe Earthling's mating rituals and gets stuck following Fred and Barney around. He also plays a prehistoric rock star (fashioned after the real life Mick Jagger).
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief look at the content found in this PG rated film. A mild amount of sexual innuendo is present, but is veiled to enough of a degree to probably go over most kids' heads. There's also some talk about human mating rituals (that's about as explicit as it gets) as well as some views of cleavage.

    One instance of profanity and some brief colorful language also help get the film its PG rating. Some slapstick style violence (played for laughs) is also present, as are a few bouts of punching or other brief fighting (again all played for laughs). Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, most notably the rich being demeaning to anyone "below" them.

    Beyond a few bits of imitative behavior, some possible drinking of alcoholic beverages (the contents are never verified) and one moment of scatological humor, the rest of the film's categories have little or nothing in the way of major objectionable content. As always, however, should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for anyone in your home, you may want to take a closer look at our more detailed content listings.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • People consume beverages at a party (where such drinks are often alcoholic), but no indication is made as to the contents.
  • What looks like a bottle of champagne is opened at a casino and others have what look like stereotypical tropical drinks (although it's never known whether they're alcoholic or not).
  • Fred and Wilma have drinks (but they fall under the same nebulous quality as the above) and Chip has a similar drink.
  • Pearl drinks from a flask (of what's presumably liquor).
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • A sick brontosaurus passes gas for several seconds, with the wind from that discharge blowing people backwards (this is after Barney is told he has to take the bronto's temperature with a thermometer, but not orally - although that never happens).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • The Great Gazoo has a condescending attitude toward Fred and Barney.
  • Pearl is demeaning to Betty and then to anyone else who's not as well to do or of the same social class as her.
  • Chip is demeaning to Fred (in the same manner as the above and for the same reasons), and gets others to laugh at Fred and his occupation. He also later sets it up so that Fred is hooked in his casino after winning, only to make him lose and then owe him lots of money.
  • Some viewers may take offense at the portrayal of Wilma's senile father being used for laughs.
  • Some mafia types put pressure on Chip to pay them or else.
  • Mick Jagged tells Betty that if she were his girl, she wouldn't see him touching another girl, except when he's on the road "when it doesn't count."
  • Chip plants Wilma's expensive pearls on Fred to make it look like he stole them.
  • A person admits to stealing towels from their hotel room and another to poisoning the dinosaurs' drinking water so that they'll become extinct.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Clubs: Used by two men in a "boxing" contest to hit each other in a ring (and thus are used as "sporting" gear).
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "You stink," "Moron," "Dumb dumbs," "Imbeciles," "Nitwit," "Idiot," "Buffoon," "Low-life," "Bloody hell" and "Shut up."
  • Mick Jagged playfully slaps a young woman on her butt.
  • Chip plants Wilma's expensive pearls on Fred to make it look like he stole them.
  • Since a few scenes involve people inadvertently spitting out food or drink (as in surprise) and such scenes elicit laughter from the young audience members, it's possible some impressionable kids might think that's the way to get laughs themselves.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • 1 hell (as in "Bloody hell") is used as an exclamation.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • The Great Gazoo's commander states that he's sending Gazoo to Earth to document "the Earthlings bizarre mating rituals of love and marriage." One then asks why Earthlings can't reproduce like they do (and we see him do so by asexual reproduction - he splits apart into two identical versions of himself).
  • Later, Barney accidentally falls from his hammock and lands face-first on Fred's back on his bed. The Great Gazoo then comments on being there to observe the mating rituals and tells them to get to it (not exactly implying between each other, but that's what the two cavemen think and they quickly scramble apart from each other). Gazoo then asks to whom or what they mate with and Fred replies "girls."
  • Barney tells Fred that Betty said she wanted to go back to his place so that she could cook him breakfast (the next morning). He then naively adds that he doesn't know what they'll do until then (innuendo).
  • Imaging their future life together (while still single), Wilma pictures Fred doing the yard work while she's obviously pregnant).
  • Fred and Barney talk about Wilma and Betty being "hot."
  • Wilma shows a bit of cleavage in a low-cut nightgown.
  • Roxie shows a great deal of cleavage in her low-cut outfit, while a woman at a gambling table shows cleavage as well.
  • After a pie lands on Roxie's face and then slides down into her cleavage, Barney hesitantly tries to help clean her up. When Betty comes out, she sees this from a vantage point behind Roxie, thus making it look like Barney is feeling/fondling her breasts (he's not).
  • Mick Jagged playfully slaps a young woman on her butt.
  • Mick Jagged tells Betty that if she were his girl, she wouldn't see him touching another girl, except when he's on the road "when it doesn't count."
  • When Chip announces that they have a criminal among them in his casino, a man looks at a young woman with him and nervously asks, "How old did you say you are?" Another man proclaims that he's wearing someone else's underwear.
  • Mick Jagged states that he's unbelievably turned on by a woman's naiveté.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • There are some tense family moments between Wilma and her mother (the former breaking free of the latter), but they're all played for lighthearted laughs and no traumatic drama.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Class/wealth differences and the rich here being demeaning to the poor, and Wilma not wanting to follow in her wealthy mother's footsteps.
  • Gambling - Fred becomes hooked and then loses his winnings and more.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Slapstick/cartoon-like violence includes the following: a person being driven into the ground after a boulder is accidentally dropped on his head; Fred and Barney falling into a hole; Barney accidentally falls from his hammock and lands on Fred; Wilma's feet fly out from underneath her while on roller-skates; Gazoo accidentally runs into a street sigh; Wilma accidentally hits a man on the head with a rock she throws; Fred accidentally falls from a carnival ride to the ground below; Dino accidentally knocks food and dinner items from a table, covering various people in food; Fred does a cannonball jump into a pool and the ensuing wave washes several people away; a pie hits Roxie in the face; a person who's knocked out of a ring lands on Fred; and Gazoo causes some items to fall from a shelf and knock a guard unconscious.
  • Fred tries punching or otherwise hitting the Great Gazoo several times (who simply vanishes or otherwise moves out of the way) and ends up accidentally punching Barney in face doing so.
  • Fred kicks the Great Gazoo away after tiring of his comments.
  • Not realizing what a valet is, Fred grabs the man he believes to be stealing his car while Betty hits the valet on the head.
  • In the equivalent of a prehistoric boxing match, two opponents in a ring hit each other with clubs (played for laughs).
  • Some men squeeze another man's head in a primitive vice-like mechanism.
  • Barney and Mick Jagged get into a slapping contest until Barney tackles him to the floor. Mick Jagged then punches Barney, but Barney then hits the rock star over the head with a guitar.



  • Reviewed April 24, 2000 / Posted April 28, 2000

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