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'Everyone loves you, Fred. Well,
except for this lynch mob, here.'
- Barney to Fred
'Flintstones' fabulously fun family film
By John R. Rybock
The first "Addams Family" movie
was rather like Jupiter - all atmo-
sphere, no real substance. They
Directed by Brian
Levant, written by Tom S.
Parker & Jim Jennewein'
and Steven E. deSouza; with
John Goodman and
learned from the first, and most of the
mistakes were corrected by the sec-
ond installment. Unfortunately, the
makers of "The Flintstones" didn't
take those lessons to heart, so their
final product is all details and not
That being said, it should also be
emphasized that "The Flintstones,"
like the first "Addams Family" film,
is still very enjoyable. Anyone who
knows the words to the "Bedrock
Twitch" will find the film to be very
faithful to the Hanna-Barbera origi-
nal (which it betterhave been-both
of the Flintstones creators were on the
set making cameo appearances).
The casting of the film is really the
heart of what makes the film work.
No one, other than John Goodman,
can fill Fred's orange pelt. And while
the casting of the Rubbles (Rick
Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell) may
have been a bit questionable (weren't
Betty's measurements 34-4-36?), the
actors wipe away all doubt of the
casting with their first "Hey, Fred"
and Betty giggle. (Plus, it is not every
day that one gets to see an icon of
The plot (to use the term very
loosely), involves Cliff Vandercave
(Kyle MacLachlan)embezzling funds
from Slate and Co., and setting up
Fred to take the fall. When the plot
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The Flintstones and the Rubbles prepare for some, ahem, quality group time.
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