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Review by Steve Rhodes
0 stars out of 4
FREDDY GOT FINGERED, written and directed by its star, Tom Green, has the
worst trailers that I've ever seen, and it has been called the worst movie
ever made by some critics. "How bad could it be?" I asked myself. Whereas
I'm not quite ready to call it the worst movie ever, it is certain to be at
the absolute top of my worst of the year list for this year. A movie whose
cruelty knows no bounds, it makes the mistake of confusing shock with humor.
When you break a guy's leg so horrendously that the bone sticks out, it
isn't funny. And having Green lick the blood off the bone only makes it
more repulsive rather than making it somehow perversely funny.
I'm one of the few critics who thinks that Tom Green's last major outing,
ROAD TRIP, was one of last year's best and most underappreciated comedies.
Perhaps Green has suffered some kind of blow to the head since then that has
changed his ability to ascertain what is humorous and what isn't. Acting
like he is Andy Kaufman's evil twin, Green insults his audience from the
very beginning of FREDDIE GOT FINGERED. Stopping his car when he sees a
horny horse, he runs over to masturbate it.
In the story, Green plays Gord Brody, an infantile 28-year-old skateboarder
who lives in his parents' basement since he is perpetually unemployed.
Well, he does get a job at the Hollywood Cheese Sandwich Factory, but it
doesn't last. Rip Torn and Julie Hagerty, drawing their agents' short
straws, are stuck playing Gord's parents. Torn copes by overacting while
Hagerty tries her best to blend into the woodwork, hoping that no one will
notice her presence.
With the manic behavior of someone about to overdose on cocaine, Gord seems
about to explode in every scene. While at a hospital, Gord delivers a baby
from a woman whom he has irritated into an early labor. After yanking her
baby out, he swings the baby rapidly around his head by holding on to the
umbilical cord. He then proceeds to bite through the cord, spewing blood
everywhere. The scene manages to be even more disgusting that this
There are a few briefly bearable -- bearable, not funny -- moments in the
film, but it is impossible to catch your breath them since you are
perpetually on your guard for the story's next atrocity. As bad as the
trailers are, they are masterpieces of comedy next to the abomination of the
movie itself. Whatever you do, don't flirt with the idea that any movie
this bad might be fun to see. This is a film that you don't want to inflict
on yourself, no matter how adventuresome a moviegoer you think you are.
Trust me. A root canal without anesthetics would be less painful that
FREDDIE GOT FINGERED.
FREDDY GOT FINGERED runs 1:33 but feels like three eternities. It is rated
R for crude sexual and bizarre humor, and for strong language. Consider it
as NC-17. This is not a movie for adults and certainly not for kids.
Copyright © 2001 Steve Rhodes