The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (also known as The Flintstones 2 or The Flintstones 2: Viva Rock Vegas) is a 2000 American romantic comedy film directed by Brian Levant, written by Jim Cash, Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan, and Jack Epps, Jr., and is the prequel to Levant’s The Flintstones (1994), based on the cartoon television series of the same name. Produced by Amblin Entertainment and Hanna-Barbera Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures, it is set before the events of the first film, showing how Fred and Barney met Wilma and Betty.
In the place of original cast John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, and Rosie O’Donnell (who here has a minor voice role), the film stars Mark Addy and Stephen Baldwin as Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, and Kristen Johnston and Jane Krakowski as Wilma Slaghoople and Betty O’Shale, with a supporting cast featuring Joan Collins, Thomas Gibson, Harvey Korman, and Alan Cumming in a dual role as The Great Gazoo and Mick Jagged, a parody of Mick Jagger. In addition, Kristen Stewart makes her film debut in an uncredited role as the ring toss girl at the carnival.
The film was a commercial failure, grossing only $59.5 million against its $83 million budget. Like its predecessor, Viva Rock Vegas also received negative critical reviews and was nominated for four Golden Raspberry Awards, but did not win any.
I freely admit that the first Flintstones movie is no classic by any means, for nostalgia sake, it’s a fine movie, it’s got its’ faults but it’s perfectly salvageable…this sequel is not that first movie.
This movie just feels like a pointless film, solely because of the casting in this. Now don’t get me wrong, casting Jane Krakowski and Kristen Johnston as Betty & Wilma is fine as is casting Mark Addy as Fred but Stephen Baldwin as Barney??? The whole movie is riding on the Full Monty guy playing off the dude from Bio-Dome? Start to see the problem here.
Also, there’s way too much going on here, like they felt obligated to throw in every single Flintstones reference they could from Dino being thrown in here all the way up to The Great Gazoo showing up, which makes no sense because the Great Gazoo doesn’t show up until halfway through the series so now, you create this insane continuity error. Though, to his credit, Alan Cumming as the Great Gazoo was actually one of the strongest things about this movie.
Other than that, everything about this movie just fails miserably, it’s not really funny, it’s not really enjoyable, the effects can look nice but it doesn’t help when the film is a complete pointless waste of time.