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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

In his second Flintstones movie, Director Brian Levant has expanded the characters of all the traditional cast of our beloved Flintstones cartoons.

The combination of live action and computer generated characters is impressive and not overly done, while the set is done to the extreme - which in this case is a good thing.

We are introduced to the Slaghoople family, Pearl Slaghoople (Joan Collins), Colonel Slaghoople (Harvey Korman) and Wilma (Kristen Johnston of 3rd Rock From The Sun).  The story revolves around the unhappiness Wilma feels and her "running" to Bedrock to escape her family and their riches.

Also experiencing changes in their life's are Fred (Mark Addy of The Full Monty) and Barney (Stephen Baldwin of Friends and Lovers) as they prepare to graduate to the working class.  Even their graduation seems to pale in the light of not having anyone share their successes with.  While pondering their futures, something falls from the sky and that something is The Great Gazoo (not "Kazoo", as we are reminded throughout the movie).

Gazoo (Alan Cumming of Eyes Wide Shut) is an interplanetary know it all sent to learn the mating rituals of the "primitives" on the planet and is now somehow attached to Fred and Barney.  The first attempt to fill the voids in their life's takes Fred and Barney to a drive-in eatery called Bronto King.  It is here we meet Betty O'Shale (Jane Krakowski of Ally McBeal) as a car hop and Wilma Slaghoople as the runaway rich girl in hiding.

A date to the carnival of the four follows with comical results.

Now enters the villain: Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson of Darma & Greg).  Chip has been chasing Wilma and, more importantly, her money to payoff his debts incurred while building Rock Vegas.  Chip uses his power and Fred's wanting to provide Wilma the life she has been accustomed to discredit Fred and to win Wilma back.  In the process, he also causes Betty and Barney difficulties.

The mayhem that follows is great and the film delivers the expected happy ending leaving room for yet another Flintstones movie.

I'm sure if Fred were asked, he'd give the film a rating of 3 Yabba Daba Doo's! out of a possible 4.  I concur.

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

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