Parents' Guide to

Drop Dead Fred

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slapstick '90s comedy is filled with crass humor.

Movie PG-13 2003 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

I’ve watched this for as long as I could remember

I saw this really young like 5 or so. But I found Fred so funny I would only watch it for Fred and nothing else. I didn’t care about the story line cause that didn’t make sense to me. I never took the ideas form Fred though. Years later I forgot about this movie and my mom asked if I still Remember it. I’m 15 at this point. So we watched it I immediately remembered! But while I was watching I still thought it was funny still didn’t see anything wrong with it. The more I watched as I grew the more I understood it. Man it’s a little dirty, I think I get the whole thing? I’m 20 still watch it once in a while when I need a good laugh. Fred is just the only reason why I watch it. Everything else I can careless about lol

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 9+

I seen this as a very young child and it's funnier now.

I never realized how inappropriate this movie was as a kid. I remember laughing as a kid at the "no panties" reference because underwater jokes were funny to me as a little kid and now that I fully understand the context as more than just a "no panties" joke, I wonder why my grade school showed it alot to the 1st and 2nd grade class. The humor went way above my head and it was only the potty jokes that got me laughing as a kid. If memory serves me correctly not only does DDF say the word "major b*tch" but also says "p*ss off" to make him go away. I remember alot of the movie but it's been years since the last time I have seen it. It's good but it takes a very specific sense of humor to actually enjoy it and certain themes in this movie are depressing when you revisit the film as an adult. The child psychologist part is especially depressing and sends a disturbing message about mental health and medicine used to treat it. Since that will likely go over kids heads it can be viewed at around 8 or 9 years old due to language. The other stuff will go over their heads but I would also say to put off the film longer if you don't want to answer questions the child might have if they ask alot of questions.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (14):

It's obnoxious, crass, gross, and firmly dated in the early 1990s. But in spite of (or because of) this, DROP DEAD FRED is a hilariously juvenile comedy that also tries to show the importance and value in being true to yourself. Drop Dead Fred is played by the brilliant British comedic actor Rik Mayall, and while his general behavior and dialogue in this one might grow tiresome for those who don't appreciate this level of silliness and slapstick, in the right mindset, this is, on the whole, as imaginative as it is zany.

While the movie would most likely plant some bad ideas into the heads of impressionable younger kids, for older kids and parents, especially those who had imaginary friends when they were younger, Drop Dead Fred is a joyful evocation of childhood anarchy, of limitless energy and boundless imagination.

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