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Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred

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An improvement on the original, but Fred's still Fred.
  • Review Date: October 22, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The story follows the progression of a misunderstanding that leads to harsh judgment about a person's character. Fred uses the Internet to make a case about his teacher's supposed identity, but a technical mishap keeps the truth from being revealed, leading to more misunderstanding. On the upside, there are strong messages about friendship and respecting differences between people, as well as a positive example of correcting a mistake that's caused someone else harm.

Positive role models

Fred's mother is a lazy, surly character who only pops in to rile him up, call him insane, or remind him that being his single parent has been a less-than-rewarding experience. Fred himself is hardly a role model in general, but he does own up to his mistake and attempt to rectify a situation that hurt someone else.

Violence

Lots of slapstick mishaps (falling off a skateboard, running into doors, tumbling down stairs, etc.) and some roughing up (kicking, punching, body slamming) in a WWE-inspired scene. Fake blood gushes from a fake stab wound, and various cuts of meat are implied briefly to be human.

Sex

Some age-appropriate flirting between middle-schoolers, and Fred refers to himself as "hot" at one point. Fred's mom flirts shamelessly with one of his teachers and wears some trampy outfits to attract his attention, though there's no physical contact or outright mention of sex.

Language

Fred's catchphrases are meant to closely resemble cursing without actually committing the act. "oh my gammit" and "What the h - e - double hockey sticks?" are his favorites, and you'll hear them a lot. Other marginal words include "butt," "shut up," and "stupid."

Consumerism

Brief episodes of product placement or brand mention include Sunny D, Coke, Apple computers, and WWE. One scene shows a website called "BlueTube" that's meant to replicate YouTube. Fred's face and name grace a line of clothing and accessories marketed toward kids and tweens.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that if this is your tween's first introduction to YouTube sensation Fred Figglehorn, they may be inclined to check out the multiple online shorts that started the frenzy in the first place, as well as Fred's website for additional videos. If it's your introduction to the hyperactive, over-reactive character, don't be surprised if you're inclined to run from sheer irritation. That said, there is a thin silver lining in the fact that, compared to the original movie, this sequel is lighter on some of the content that most offended parents, and it does try to push some good social messages related to bullying and judging people as well as fixing your mistakes. The only thing the movie doesn't tone down is Fred's use of his own personal curse words, which include "Oh my gammit!" and "h - e - double hockey sticks," so be sure your tweens know your family's rules about swearing stand-ins like these.

What's the story?

FRED 2: NIGHT OF THE LIVING FRED follows the antics of Fred Figglehorn (Lucas Cruikshank), a madcap middle-schooler with a flair for the dramatic whose world is turned upside down when his beloved but incompetent music teacher goes missing and is replaced by a sketchy character named Mr. Devlin (Seth Morris). Everyone -- including Fred's starry-eyed mom (Siobhan Fallon Hogan) and his archenemy, Kevin (Jake Weary) -- has fallen under the suave Mr. Devlin's spell, but his unusual habits lead Fred to believe that he's a vampire, and Fred sets out to prove his hunch correct. When things get out of hand and the truth comes out, Fred calls on the help of his best friend, Bertha (Daniella Monet), and a new ally, Talia (Ariel Winter), to set things straight.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

YouTube sensation Fred returns in this slightly improved sequel that serves up more of the outrageous scenarios and pre-pubescent screeching that's made Fred (and Cruikshank) an Internet star. He's a hit with the tween set, much to the chagrin of plenty of parents who loathe both his flair for the dramatic and his use of his own variety of slang cursing. When it comes to this brand of comedy, you either love it or you hate it, and the line slices pretty close to the generational divide. Of course, that's partly due to the fact that tweens will pick out some of the stuff you might not notice, like spoofs of Twilight and cameos by some of their favorite actors from shows like So Random! and Supah Ninjas, but on the whole, it's just not a comedy style most parents will like.

If your tweens are already fans, there's little hope that they won't want to check out this sequel, but there is some good news. Compared to the original, this movie takes some care to tone down a lot of the content that was most unpalatable to parents. Fred's now the object of an innocent crush from a younger girl rather the instigator of a shockingly obsessive one, the issue of his mom's alcoholism never comes up (though she's still not Mom of the Year), he's more self-confident and less susceptible to bullying classmates, and overall, there are fewer episodes of his manic hyperactivity. What's more, the story incorporates some marginally positive messages about judging people, using the Internet responsibly, respecting differences, and taking ownership of your mistakes. Bottom line? It's still not really worthwhile, but at least it's a small improvement on the original.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about comedy. Do you think Fred's character is funny? Did you find this movie funny? How did it compare to the original? If you did like it, is it because of Fred or in spite of him?

  • Tweens: How has the Internet changed the way we're entertained? In what ways has it equalized the opportunity to become famous? Is Fred evidence of that? Do you think Lucas Cruikshank would have been successful in the pre-Internet days?

  • What, if any, incidents of advertising did you notice in this movie? Do you think they were there intentionally? Does product placement really impact your consumption habits?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 7, 2012
Cast:Daniella Monet, John Cena, Lucas Cruikshank
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Comedy
Run time:83 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 11 years old October 31, 2011

rrrrrrrgh!

Seriously, don't you have anything ELSE to do?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old March 5, 2012

Better than Original

This is the 2nd movie in the Fred movie series. Fred is hilarious. I love his web show. However, his movies are kind of lacking. Don't get me wrong, they're fun. And I actually liked this one. The last one was 2 stars, which meant disappointing. This one is 3 stars. It's not great or bad at all, it's in between. It's mostly good and has some funny parts but most of the humor is overused. Now, for the bad content. Messages: Good. The whole movie's message is about excepting someone who's different. Role Models: Fred is mixed. He's not exactly a role model, always jumping to conclusions. But he's not really a bad one, either. His mom is barely there and she acts as if she hardly cares about Fred, though I think she does. His dad isn't there by appears sometimes and is helpful by giving Fred advice, thought a lot of it includes beating Kevin up. Kevin is a bully, he's just mean. Talia replaces Judy in this movie and she isn't a bad or good, she doesn't really do anything bad though, so I guess she's good. Bertha is a good friend to Fred, and like Talia, doesn't really do anything bad or good so she's good too. Violence: Fred's dad is a wrestler. Actually, the guy who plays him is in real life. There are some scenes like a mosquito stabbing Fred but it's not actually gory and it's Fred's daydream. There is also a wrestling scene. Kevin, the bully, likes to beat people up. Sex: Fred's mom flirts with his teacher. Some teens have crushes on each others but rarely. Language: "Oh my Gammit!" is repeat throughout the film by Fred and "What the H-E- double hockey sticks?" is used once by Fred. Other language includes stupid and shut up and insults like "loser." Consumerism: The whole film revolves around Fred, who has a popular web show on YouTube so this film promotes the web show. Some brand names are mentioned and shown. Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking: None Overall, this is a fun, not great but not- at- all bad family film ON for 10+.
Teen, 13 years old Written bycoldir4 December 3, 2011

Creepy kid went through puberty the wrong way

its okay for kids but fred is annoying as h_ll and he creeps the crap outa me

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