Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Young Fred (Mark Addy) and Barney (Stephen Baldwin) have just graduated from Bronto Crane Academy and secured jobs at the rock quarry in Bedrock. Wilma Slaghoople (Kristen Johnston), a beautiful young heiress, is miserable, however. She finds her domineering mother pushing her into a loveless marriage with debonair Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson). She runs away, without any money, and is befriended by the kindly Betty O’Shale (Jane Kradowski), who thinks Wilma is cave-less. The two become as close as Fred and Barney.
The couples meet and, to the consternation of Wilma’s mother, fall in love. But sneaky Chip, indebted to the mob and wanting Wilma’s inheritance, schemes to ruin Fred and break up the happy couple.
Adults may find the special effects and enormous sets to be the most amusing aspect of this film, but little ones will no doubt be amused by the slapstick shenanigans of Fred and Barney. There are several positive messages to be found, including how to treat others. Although he wants to get rich quick, Fred’s unselfish objective is to get enough money to buy Wilma a proper engagement ring. Not realizing she loves him for who he is, Fred assumes he must provide Wilma with wealth to make her happy. Parents beware: although Fred eventually loses at the crap table, the film doesn’t contain much of an anti-gambling message. Also, there is one inappropriate sexual innuendo, but I believe it will go over the heads of little ones. There is a clear message that the two couples are very much in love and Fred realizes Wilma is his treasure. The film’s highlight: a barn-burning rendition of Viva Las Vegas (here, Viva Rock Vegas), performed by Ann Margaret.