The Flintstones

4.91 h 31 min1994PG
When Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble get wrapped up in a shady corporate scheme, the two best friends and their families must unite to take down the evil white-collar criminals.
Brian Levant
John GoodmanElizabeth PerkinsRick Moranis
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Rosie O'Donnell
Bruce Cohen
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jude pepperReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
They Knew What They Were Yabba-Dabba-Doing!
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i would call it The Rocky Horror Principle.
half an hour or so into The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tim Curry asks Susan Sarandon what she thinks of his muscle-bound beach-boy creation. she doesn't exactly gush, so he sneers "well, i didn't make him FOR YOU!!"
i always try to keep that scene in mind when i encounter a new movie, series, book, whatever, because it reflects an important but all-too-easily forgotten fact: there's always a "target audience," and one's judgement can easily be swayed by the realization that it's not necessarily you.
if more of the professional critics would remember this, The Flintstones is one of (i suspect) several hundred not at all terrible movies that would be, if not necessarily more respected, at least less relentless whipping-boys.
what's really unjust about the trouncing The Flintstones movie took is that people seemed to of forgotten it's history. all the critics acted on the assumption that it was a for-kids movie based on a for-kids show. i've said it before and i'm prepared to say it again: "kid-friendly" doesn't (or shouldn't) necessarily mean no grownups allowed.
in point of fact, The Flintstones was always approached with a unique sophistication. being the first cartoon series to air in prime time is only part of the ground it broke. it was also, for instance, the first half-hour cartoon series ever to regularly devote said half-hour to a single story.
one frequent gripe is that it devoted too much time to "adult" subject matter, such as office politics and sexual temptations...but neither was entirely absent from the series. i can distinctly remember seeing the reruns alongside the likes of G.I. Joe and Master Of The Universe as a kid, and while it's sitcom nature was admittedly anomalous in such company, neither i nor any kid i ever discussed it with had any trouble comprehending it. and yet, churlish reviewers kept insisting it's plot would fly over the heads of the pubescent demographic they blindly assumed was the target audience in it's entirety!
even from the beginning the series set out to balance itself for younger and older alike. amidst it's cartoonier antics it could be quite sophisticated and sometimes even borderline racy. i recall once, for instance, Mr. Slate admonished his secretary for addressing him as "Poopsie." he then reflects that he's been "Poopsie" ever since the New Year's office party, and wonders what could of happened. one moment that's become downright notorious in recent years: Fred suggests Barney go to a costume party as a monster with two heads, and Barney replies "why would i want three heads?" there's only one possible interpretation for that line, and it's not the sort of thing you'd hear on Sesame Street.
to say nothing of the pop-culture satire inherent in guest stars like of Ann-Margrock, Stoney Curtis, and Samantha from Bewitched. it could also be argued that it's use of animals as labor, and their snarky complaints, makes for a nifty commentary on class systems.
even (albeit less flatteringly) the show's initial sponsorship by Winston cigarettes reflects the not-just-for-kids nature that somehow got lost in the shuffle.
(of course, it could also have something to do with the fact that the position it had once held was in the process of being usurped by a dreadful little series called The Simpsons. honestly, how could a colossal turd like The Simpsons get on the air in the first place, much less last three decades and counting? there's only one possible explanation: creator Matt Groaning sold his soul to the Devil.)
needless to say, the fact that film adaptations of tv series were becoming a favorite whipping-boy with critics didn't do it any favors, either.
another thing that became a sore point was a "leak" that, despite a mere three credited screenwriters, there were actually more than 30 contributors to the script. what most likely happened here is what usually happens on tv writing staffs: one or two people developed the story, with everyone else contributing the occasional gag. like Rob, Buddy, and Sally used to do on The Dick Van Dyke Show. moreover, this isn't as rare as it was assumed or made out to be at the time. a given film script circulating from writer to writer, sometimes for years, is pretty much par for the cinematic course.
so much for what the film isn't. as for what it is, it's a fully faithful, ion fact downright gushing, tribute to it's source material. this movie, as well as it's (slightly) less reputable sequel Viva Rock Vegas, are gushing love letters the series. it may not be a Gone With The Wind, but then no Flintstones fan would've wanted it to be.
it certainly benefits for a (mostly) exemplary cast. (Rosie O'Donnell, despite a clear love and understanding of Betty Rubble, doesn't look enough like her to disappear into the role.) legend has it the ball was set rolling when Steve Spielberg remarked to John Goodman that he should play Fred Flintstone. indeed, they couldn't of done better if they'd used a ouija board to hire Jackie Gleason. (you do know about The Flintstones being modeled on The Honeymooners, right?) Rick Moranis is literally a rock-solid (pun intended) Barney Rubble. (but then we expected no less from the man behind Bob McKenzie and Dark Helmet, now did we?) to say nothing of this being the role that put Halle Berry on the map!
even it's sequel/prequel is worthy. in fact, Viva Rock Vegas is the exception to another rule: it's the one sequel i've ever seen that actually worked despite having had to recast completely!
if the whole mess proves anything, it's that the concept of "critical distance," while not necessarily an outright crock, is nonetheless flawed. there may be value in the feedback of someone who wasn't necessarily a fan of the series, but it's still the core audience, or "cult," who's needs need to be met.
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MutsPubReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Betty's giggle was perfect!
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You have to have been a kid, that grew up with the Flintstones, to get this movie!
The details are a crack up. You must pay attention and sometimes pause the video so you can read the "humor".
It is not a great movie, it's a good or OK movie.
It is a GREAT FLINTSTONE movie!!!
Watch the credits to see who was in it, kinda cool.
How can you not laugh at the B-52's doing The Flintstones? - Twist, Twist
Fred twinkle-toes bowler - classic!
Mel Brooks - Dino!
All the cast selection was perfect! - John is Fred!
You will recognize the classic scenes, characters and their traits as the appear. If you don't, you are to young or to old!!
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MaryGrace GoldsmithReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Flinstones on Blu-ray...
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I have always enjoyed the flinstones movie and I was quick to replace the movie since someone stole their movie. It has Elizabeth Taylor as Wilma's Mother. It's such a time less movie and the whole family enjoys it. We're very excited to have replaced it. We we're really looking forward to adding it to our collection. We we're bummed without the movie and relieved to have purchased this product from Amazon and gotten exactly what was described in the description of the product and mailed with care in a bubble mailer to our PO Box. Thanks again for having so many title's to choose from. We are planning to do a lot of shopping very soon. Thanks Amazon. I can't wait to be a prime member. Still convincing my husband. I've enclosed a picture of the movie we purchased. It's not the combo, it's just the Blu Ray movie. Great for the price.
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Lantern PhotographyReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This movie is so much like the original TV show I can't believe it! It is so much fun to watch. The only thing that is unlike the TV show is the complexity of the plot. the plot is good, and perfect for a movie of this likes. the original cartoon on TV did not have time for plots this complex. for that reason there are two or three extra people in the movie that are main characters that are new. However, none of this is bad, and it is fun and hilarious to watch. And having the B-52s do The Flintstones song was the greatest!
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DorothyZReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
The actors are clearly having fun which helps to forgive a lot of things about ...
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It's an over the top movie that brings the classic cartoon to life. The actors are clearly having fun which helps to forgive a lot of things about the film that would normally be up for critique. Definitely a check your brain at the for and enjoy kind of flick and it's also fun to see Elizabeth Taylor on screen again in a really fun cameo.
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keishie McDanielReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I nearly peed my pants..
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The Flintstones with Rosie O'donnel and Rick Moranis & John Goodman is 1 funny movie.. I laughed so much & so hard I nearly peed my pants..
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David J.Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cute interpretation of the 60's kids cartoon show
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I love this movie, its funny and well written. The practical effects and CGI hold up very well after 26 years and the blu ray is full of great special features. I loved this movie as a child and I like it as an adult.
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CelinaReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Movie night
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Great movie for family movie night - was a classic when my kids were little and now my grandkids also enjoy this movie
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