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Freddy Got Fingered

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  Freddy Got Fingered Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
1.77 /10
Tom Green , Rip Torn , Julie Hagerty
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Directed by: Tom Green
Written by: Tom Green and Derek Harvie

Released: 2001
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 88

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The movie's comic heart consists of a series of indescribably loopy, elaborately conceived happenings that are at once rigorous and chaotic, idiotic and brilliant.
(A.O. Scott, New York Times)
A frat-boy remake of Pink Flamingos which isn't all bad.
(Jessica Winter, Village Voice)
In an industry of largely abject cowardice, Green's fearlessness is invigorating.
(Jay Carr, Boston Globe)
Inspired insanity! This is a movie you’ll never forget! The Hannibal of comedies.
(Mark S. Allen, Kmax-TV)
Too shocking for TV. Tom Green doesn’t cross the line... He stomps on it!
(Jeff Howard, The Movie Guys)
For the most part, Tom pulls it off! Of course he's gross, vile, and pitiful; yet, somehow repulsively endearing. In Freddy, Tom strings together a story of silliness and gross out - from playing with the strewn guts of a deer to scuba diving in his own toilet. Sometimes this outrageous material is laugh-out-loudable, sometimes it's merely wince-able; but surprisingly, seldom does Tom fall flat on his face (entertainment-wise). And even more impressive is that the production works on the whole - not perfectly, but it works as a film. Tom details the jagged, angst-filled relationship between he [sic] and his hard-bellied dad (Rip Torn). The filmmakers develop this conflict with a substance behind the humor as respectable as any drama. In fact, everything else in the film is simply ridiculous - no sense in seeking to make sense of it. But that snowballing father-son tension hardly seems unreal. And though, I felt that conflict deserved a more appropriately careful resolution than what is offered - I wasn't terribly disappointed with the lite version... Excellent performances by Marisa Coughlan as Tom's weird, but cute, love interest and Anthony Michael Hall as David Davidson, high-powered animation producer. They make the disconcerting task of acting alongside Tom Green look effortless. A very strong B+, relax, don't take it too seriously and you'll have a fun time.
(Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card )
The only justifiable negative claim you can make against Freddy Got Fingered is that Tom Green's silly humor doesn't make you laugh. But even in this case I must ask, why the f**k would you see the movie if you don't like Tom Green? I love Tom, and it's my favorite movie of the year so far because of that. If you identify more with the mindlessly gorey drivel that is Hannibal, or with tame comedies of the Spy Kids nature, you will hate this movie. If you are a moral person or don't usually laugh when someone sh*ts themselves, you will hate this movie. If you have an open mind, and can stomach watching Tom Green 'deliver' a baby, then spin it around over his head like a noose via the umbilical cord, then this is your cup o' tea.
Funny. I laughed and that’s what you’re supposed to do. More importantly, however, I squirmed. Green, it seems, likes to explore the fringes, lift up the rocks, go into the corners where most people fear to clean. Then he shows you what we’ve swept under the rug... I am willing to bet Green watched an inordinate amount of Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Paul Ruebens also acted out as a grown man living in a child like world made up of caricatures with injections of bawdy sexual innuendo, but Green overdoses to Downey-esque proportions. Yes, there are farm animals with large penises in close up at which the audience laughed uproariously. There was the cheese sandwich scene with the large salami which garnered the same result... I’m still not sure why I laughed because I don’t generally like fart jokes. Perhaps it’s the outrageousness of it all – and how easy it is to do.
(Carol Harrison, Exclaim!)
Green knows how to pace a joke so that it builds, and he has a sense of style.
(Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press)
If his intent was to provoke a response in people, then Tom Green succeeded admirably. If he was just trying to please his fans, he didn't do a bad job, either.
(Matt Easterbrook, Matt's Movie Reviews)
There's a ton of gross-out material, and almost none of it is even slightly integral to the plot. The film is two-thirds over before you realize what the title means. Freddy's music often overpowers its dialogue, which some may actually consider a good thing. But none of that matters when you're busting your gut watching a delirious Torn run though Pakistan wearing nothing but a bathrobe. Green has no real professional acting experience, no familiarity with writing feature-film scripts and absolutely zero know-how when it comes to directing. But you know what? There are a lot of films that are worse than Freddy - films made by experienced talent. You have to admire his ability to cajole money from a major film studio to make this thing, too. And he does all of his own stunts. He's the complete package, or a real tool, depending on if you like him or not. Personally, I don't think Green is too far off from Jim Carrey's work on In Living Colour. Green is just as funny and just as unpolished as Carrey was back then - a real diamond in the rough who is probably going to be around a lot longer than 15 minutes (hey, if J. Lo can do it, why can't he?).
(Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy)
It's actually quite funny in a sick, perverted way. Some of the show-stopping scenes throughout the film include Green masturbating a horse ("Look at me daddy, I'm a farmer!"), Green running down a highway wearing the skin of a dead deer and Green swinging a baby around his head by its umbilical cord. Now while some (probably most) people will feel sick in the stomach at the sights I've just described, others will embrace Green's shockingly bizarre, off-the-wall comedy style. A scene in which he wears steak on his head while playing the piano and eating sausages via a pulley system will linger long in the memory ("Daddy, would you like some sausage?"). 7/10.
(Gary Stevens,
On the positive tip, I was quite impressed with Tom's skills as a director, a kickass skateboarder and loved the eclectic soundtrack. Good stuff, you crazy Canuck! And I certainly respected him for recognizing the film's lag near the end, as one of the characters held up a sign that read "When is this fuckin' movie gonna end already?" Very funny.
(Berge Garabedian, Jo Blo#s Movie Emporium)
This film is as ground breaking a piece of work as Metropolis or Citizen Kane. The removal of any kind of linear plot gives an edge to the film that is the mark of great cinema. You never know what obscene act lies around the corner to push the boundaries of decency. All the art school critics should be forced to watch this film until they cry with the ecstasy of revelation.
(Arthur Melange, email to Guardian)

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