> On to the question--one thing it tells us is that people will see almost > anything. _Maverick_ is a hit. Even more depressing, however (since I > enjoyed _Maverick_ but found it "disappointing" which means I hoped for > more!) is the success of _The Flintstones_ which is a terrible movie! > David Desser,UIUC Cinema Studies I can imagine the British saying the same thing about their 19th-century theater so I'm not too sure how valuable a "people will see almost anything" analysis might be. However, the success of _The Fugitive_ and _Maverick_ and _The Flintstones_ and most of the other TV ripoffs might say something about the state of the mainstream film industry. Perhaps they have blockbustered themselves into a situation where, instead of choosing any number of obscure scripts, studios/producers choose instead a presumeably sure-fired hit that is guarenteed to strike a chord with movie-goers. It's probably nothing new in Hollywood, just more manic and perhaps a good deal more cynical than ever before. --Patrick BTW, without giving away too much of the plot, what is "terrible" about _The Flintstones_?