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Drop Dead Fred
Drop Dead Fred
Actors: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher
Director: Ate de Jong
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2003     1hr 43min

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Actors: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher
Director: Ate de Jong
Creators: Anthony Fingleton, Carlos Davis, Paul Webster, Tim Bevan, Elizabeth Livingston
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/22/2003
Original Release Date: 04/19/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 04/19/1991
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 93
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Shim F.
Reviewed on 2/8/2010...
Oh this movie was hilarious.
IT;s a great 90's movie.
If you like 80 and 90's movies this is a great movie to add to your collection.

Fred is getting the main character into trouble, even though she is an adult now.
She tries to tell him that, but then he thinks he is an adult also.
The things he does to her will have you laughing your head off.

The theme of the movie is not to let people control you, be happy not matter how crazy you are. Don't let anyone take that away from you.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Laura R. (HappyTales) from DOUGLASVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 9/6/2008...
Painfully funny in a pretty juvenile way, I think I burst a blood vessel in my eye laughing at this movie once!
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

An uproariously hilarious movie!
Kurt A. Johnson | North-Central Illinois, USA | 05/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When Elizabeth (played by Phoebe Cates) finds her marriage to a manipulative, two-timing husband (Tim Matheson) on the rocks, to her chagrin, her mother moves her back home and takes control of her life. But then she makes a strange discovery, in the back of her old closet is her old jack-in-the-box, covered in the tape her mother had put there to lock in her imaginary friend, Drop Dead Fred. Opening the tape, who should pop out? Not jack, but Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall)! Fred is stark raving mad, and out to cause as much mayhem as possible, but no one can see him but Elizabeth, so who still gets the blame after all these years? But Fred is back, because Elizabeth is terribly unhappy. In his own weird and wacky way, he is out to set Elizabeth on the right track, and everyone needs a friend.This is a very funny movie, an uproariously hilarious movie! Rik Mayall (Rick from The Young Ones) does a great job of taking Fred over the top, and off to the outer reaches of wackiness. His gross humor (lots of doggy-do, nose-picking, hits to the head, and so forth) may turn some off, but is sure to please any connoisseur of craziness. Now, is this a family-friendly movie? Well, not exactly, there are some off-color remarks and adult innuendo, but not much. The big problem is that there is one scene where you see a naked man from behind. But, other than that it is pretty good. I showed it to my kids, and they loved it. I liked that it also had a lesson of finding happiness inside yourself.So, as for my family and I, we loved this movie, and highly recommend it to you!"
"I forgot to give you something!"
Bethany Ann | Wisconsin | 01/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since I was 9 years old, Drop Dead Fred has been my all-time favorite film. Even now, as college freshman, I never hesitate to mention that film to anyone I know, or quote a hilarious line used in it. There are many reasons that Drop Dead Fred makes a wonderful, spirit-lifting movie; one may be that we all wish that we could escape to a world where an imaginary friend helps us forget the bad things in our lives. Pertaining to the movie, that would be Lizzy's mother trying to control her life, and hurt her; or her marriage that is hurting due to her husband cheating on her. The creativity and acting in this film is supurb. If any critics feel that nose picking is not a funny thing, than you should limit your movies to those that fail to let you explore the creative part of your mind. As for this particular movie, I never hesitate to throw my head back in laughter."
At its heart, this is a movie about self empowerment.
grundle2600 | Pittsburgh, PA | 06/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On the surface, "Drop Dead Fred" is a comedy. And as a comedy, it's a great one. Rik Mayall, of course, if very funny. Phoebe Cates displays a genuine talent for physical comedy in several scenes - at the restaurant, at the classical music concert, and at the wine tasting party. And I just LOVE the scream that Cates lets out when Fred scares her while she's standing in front of the mirror wiping the makeup off of her face. Carrie Fisher is also very funny as a super-rigid super-serious lawyer.However, at it's heart, this movie is a drama with some very serious issues and some very serious messages. Ultimately, this movie is about standing up for yourself. It's about taking control of your life. It's about standing up to defend yourself from the people who are tormenting you. Anyone who's ever been bullied stands to benefit from seeing this film. It really is a good form of therapy. You'll know that you're not alone. You'll know that there are other people who know how you feel. And that's one of the reaons why I love this movie so much.Of course another reaosn I love this movie is Phoebe Cates. Her characer here is so sweet and wonderful. How can any guy see this movie and not think he's in love with her? And honestly, I think she's a better actress when she keeps her clothes on, as she does here. Throughout the course of the movie, Cates displays just about every emotion that there is. She's truly a great actress.Kudos also go to Ashley Peldon, who does a remarkable job as the child version of Elizabeth. Tim Matheson does a perfect job portraying the jerk husband. Marsha Mason is fantastic as the evil mother. All the other actors do their jobs very well. Every role is cast perfectly.Every scene in the movie is necessary. Nothing is wasted. Every line of dialogue counts. The flashbacks to childdhood are integrated perfectly into the rest of the movie.There are some interesting camera angles here that I've never seen before. For example, in the flashback to where the mudpie gets made in the dining room, young Elizabeth is sitting on the chair, shaky and scared because her mother had just yelled at her. While the camera is focused on her, the camera pans 90 degrees, and then her face lights up with a smile and she says, "Hi Fred!" I've never seen that particular kind of camera shot before. I also like the way, later on when grown up Elizabeth is making the salad, the camera is *under* the pepper grinder. And during the end of the dream sequence towards the end of the movie, the various lighting and camera angles suggest a play that is being performed live on a stage.The low budget cheesy special effects give a nice, old fashioned touch to the film. For example, the cheap physical effects of gears and other things that are shown when Velcro Head's head explodes simply would not have had the same charm if it had been done in expensive CGI.The movie is timeless. The only real clue to when the movie takes place is that in the flashback to the breakfast scene, young Elizabeth's father is reading a newspaper with the heading about the first man on the moon.The best part of the movie, in my opinion, is the dream sequence, and everything that comes afterwards. The last 25 minutes of this movie are what really elevate it to what it is. This is the part that really moves me the most. Of course, in order to understand it, you need to see the entire movie. And that's a good thing, because the entire movie is worth watching.This is a movie for anyone who remembers what it's like to be a child, and for anyone who has a sense of fun and a love of life, and for anyone who's ever been hurt because of bullying. This movie has a big heart, a big sense of fun, a big sense of humor, and a big love of life."