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Drop Dead Fred (1991)

Phoebe Cates , Rik Mayall , Ate de Jong  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher
  • Directors: Ate de Jong
  • Writers: Anthony Fingleton, Carlos Davis, Elizabeth Livingston
  • Producers: Anthony Fingleton, Carlos Davis, Paul Webster, Tim Bevan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009NHAG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Approximate run time: 103 minutes. Phoebe Cates is a recently separated young woman who suddenly begins to see her supposedly imagined childhood friend (Drop Dead Fred) after moving back into her mother's home. Is he a manifestation of her secret desires to ditch the boorish spouse? Or was he real all along? Rik Mayall is a limber, carrot-topped Brit with the lamentable assignment of trying to make us laugh with vulgar, sophomoric trickery. He is supposedly the repository of Cates's fastidious repression but is more annoying than cathartic.

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I forgot to give you something!" January 31, 2000
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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.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Drop Dead Fred! January 18, 2000
By Nikki
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I was in Kindergarden when my parents rented this movie, Drop Dead Fred. They were lauging so much while watching it. So of course I had to see it. After attempts after attempts to talk my mother into letting me and my 3 year sister watch it we finally did. Although we didn't understand the concept or the plot at all we loved it! We watched it everyday, if we could we'd watch it even more than once a day. It became a daily routine watching this great movie! We were so into it we believed ourselves that Fred was our imaginary friend. And let me tell you our parents were not too happy when we robbed our own house or made mud pies. Now I am a Freshman at High School, thinking about those days watching my all time favorite movie. And til this day I love it! It put so much fun into my very begining of mine and my sister's childhood. Hey, I still watch the movie and if I could I'd give it 25 stars! Everyone should see it. And if you didn't enjoy the movie I think that you ought to loosen up and get less serious about life. It had such a GREAT impact on me.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Own Private Cult Movie April 20, 2001
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My 7-year old grandson introduced DDF to me. What a great time we had! Phoebe Cates is well cast as the girl with an unfaithful husband, an overbearing mother, a stolen car, and a lost job. At that stress level, any girl is entitled to resurrecting her one and only imaginary friend. Enter Fred with one problem. Phoebe has grown up and Fred hasn't. Though Phoebe is reluctant, Fred is unwittingly a great tonic. Things start to happen!
The faithless husband who is about to dump Phoebe gets a most satisfying comeuppance. Marsha Mason, who cannot give a bad performance, is icily perfect as the mother who wants to create Phoebe in her own image. Their shopping trip where Phoebe ends up identically clad as Mom is worth the price of admission. A nice supporting role by Carrie Fisher who plays Phoebe's older, worldly-wise friend is well paced and lively.
To the editorial nay-sayers, it only Fred that does these disgusting things, and he does them with the flair of any average five-year old. If everyone in the audience hasn't at least pulled some of the antics that Fred did, I am certain he or she had far too sedate a childhood. At the end of one particularly satisfying scene, I caught myself saying, "Yes!" just like the kid in "Home Alone." Have a fun evening with your best pal whether they are six or sixty.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unusual? no it's just fred July 5, 2004
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This is a must see film. Not only is it humours, clever and dramatic through out the whole film it is that kind of weird, yet stupid humour. The director couldn't have picked a better actor for this film than Rick Mayall, I mean one look at the guy with his tossed and tattered ginger hair, his green pinstripe jacket, his yellow trousers(which are too small for him!)and not to mention his red shoes your already thinking were did he come from?! Pheobe Cates was ofcourse her serious self but still was a excellent performer! Rick Mayall you laugh before you see him and your already in stiches when you do! an excellent film! Two thumbs up from me!
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