'Flintstones' funny days are ancient history


"The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" is a tired piece of hackery, made only slightly less distasteful by a couple of inspired moments from supporting player Alan Cumming as a Modern Stone Age rock star.

The live-action movie has preserved none of the punning humor or "Honeymooners" homages of the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon; instead, it seems to serve chiefly as an excuse for its makers to pocket a quick buck.

Perhaps the most useful thing to emerge from a recent screening came from a youngster who midway through the movie began idly bopping himself on the forehead with an empty plastic soda bottle.

The lesson: Take the tykes if you must, but make sure to bring along something soft with which to bludgeon yourselves.

'Viva Rock Vegas'

Starring Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston, Jane Krakowski, Alan Cumming Directed by Brian Levant

Rated PG (innuendo and brief language)

Running time 91 minutes

Released by Universal Pictures

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