Picks and Pans Review: The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

UPDATED 05/08/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/08/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston, Jane Krakowski

Addy, the roly-poly male stripper from The Full Monty, does an uncanny vocal impersonation of Fred Flintstone, capturing every disgruntled growl and grumble. He's so dead-on, he reminded me how much I actually dislike Fred. A prehistoric Jackie Gleason—why is that funny?

Overall, this live-action adaptation of the vintage animated series is more en joy ably relaxed and more kid-oriented than its predecessor, The Flintstones (1994). (It's also cheaper-looking. Dino isn't much better than a paleorubber ducky.) A prequel, Viva recounts the courting days of Fred and his Wilma (Johnston) and Barney Rubble (Baldwin) and his Betty (Krakowski). Alan Cumming steals the movie in two small, silly roles: the Great Gazoo, an alien no bigger than a lunchbox, and Mick Jagged, a rock star with large lips. He should have played Dino too. (PG)

Bottom Line: Not great, but by no means extinct

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