Movie Look: The Flintstones

Short Summary: When Barney Rubble decides to help Fred Flintstone out in a job-related pinch, he ends up landing his friend in the middle of a company conspiracy.

I am one of those heathens who never liked the original show because I thought it was a product of its time even as a kid – although not nearly as much as Fat Albert – but regardless, that doesn’t change the fact that this movie was bad on its own. This isn’t a Flintstones movie. This is some kiddified corporate espionage comedy with no teeth and the Flintstones just happen to star in it. When you think of the Flintstones, do you think embezzlement plots and Halle Berry seducing people? As hot as the latter is, I don’t think those fit with this old cartoon. Throw in the fact that the jokes are either lifted straight out of the show or cheap rock puns, the logic behind the conspiracy stuff making no sense (why would you hire the smartest guy to be your patsy?), too much money being spent on the set rather than the script, and you’ve got one heck of a colorful snorefest.

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Also, I know this is a common complaint from fans, but who the hell thought Rosie O’ Donnell was a good choice for the live-action version of Betty? Is there any commonality between those two? Might as well cast Melissa McCarthy for the live-action version of Lafiel from Crest of the Stars.

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Is there anything in common between these two?

Verdict: Is this really the movie the Flintstones deserve? I don’t think so.

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