This pleasant, lightweight live-action version of the popular cartoon is about as good as you might expect. The kids should love the broad humour and the Henson Studios creatures but like The Addams Family movies, the look and the cast are the best things going for it. Considering that the nature of the material is so sparse, the thinly plotted story works better than other TV-to-movie fare. Our fabulous Stone Age man is promoted per a calculated move by a scheming exec (Kyle MacLachlan, whose casting ensured at least one cute guy). As a comedy, the humour is one-note... and flat for anyone older than 12. The special-effects creatures look wondrous, though not as seamless as in other movies, such as in Roger Rabbit. The most joyous moments come during the full-scale re-creations of the famous credits. The Flintstones provided a major launching pad for Halle Berry as a vamping secretary. --Doug Thomas [show more]
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Family comedy directed by Brian Levant and starring John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins and Rick Moranis. In the town of Bedrock, Fred Flintstone (Goodman) lives with his wife Wilma (Perkins) and works hard at Slate & Company but begins to feel he ought to be earning more money for his family. His best friends, Barney (Moranis) and Betty Rubble (Rosie O'Donnell), hope to be able to adopt a child. Always happy to help each other out, Fred assists the couple in adopting and Barney swaps his answers for Fred's in an aptitude test at Slate & Company. Much to his disbelief, this leads to a promotion for Fred. But while this seems to be an upturn in his fortunes, his boss has some unscrupulous plans for Fred.