The Flintstones

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Universal Released 1994

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Director:
Brian Levant
Released:
1994
Rating:
PG

The Flintstones is the 1994 live action adaptation of the classic Hanna Barbara cartoon series about everybody's favorite prehistoric family, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by comedy specialist Brian Levant (Beethoven). Fred Flintstone (John Goodman, O Brother Where Art Thou, Sea of Love, The Babe, Always) is a dim quarry worker who has the perfect family in his wife Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins, Big) and daughter Pebbles. His best friend is Barney (Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids), who is married to Betty (Rosie O'Donnell, A League of Their Own), who desperately want a new baby in their life. Fred feels sorry for his best buddy and loans him money to adopt a baby ' which they do in the form of hyperactive Bam Bam. To pay Fred back for his generosity, Barney opts to return the good gesture by making Fred look good on an aptitude test at work ' a move that gets Fred a big promotion that slowly unravels his life.

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  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a great-looking movie, a triumph of set design and special effects, creating a fantasy world halfway between suburbia and a prehistoric cartoon.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    After lightly going through the motions of a plot, it all ends up in the quarry, where assorted machinery provides the excuse for a parade of slapstick gags and amusement park-like...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Like "The Addams Family" before it, this is one of those clever, lively and ultimately wearying pieces of showy Hollywood machinery where a glut of creativity has gone into the vis...

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