Fred: The Movie
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
YouTube star's movie is fraught with disaster for tweens.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie makes light of a tween's unhealthy obsession with a classmate who clearly doesn't return the sentiment. He uses the Internet to locate and attempt to spy on her after she moves. Various forms of bullying go unchecked throughout the story, including name-calling, cyberbullying (tweens post embarrassing videos and pictures of Fred online), and physical attacks during a dodgeball game.
Positive Role Models
Fred's mom is unconcerned with her son's disturbing behavior, and her work schedule and apparent narcolepsy (or overindulgence) mean he's left to his own devices most of the time. Other adult figures are absent throughout the movie.
Violence & Scariness
Fred's hyperactivity results in lots of slapstick accidents (falls, collisions, electrocution, etc.), but they're played for humor and not intended to reflect reality. In one scene, a teen falls off a treadmill and suffers a broken arm; in another, boys pummel Fred with playground balls during a one-sided game of dodgeball.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The movie centers on Fred's obsession with his longtime crush, Judy, whom he refers to as a "smokin' hot babe." (He also says he wants to take it to the "next level" with her.) Judy wears slinky dresses, skimpy bikinis, and teetering high heels to middle school. A teen boy is seen in his boxers. There's no physical contact, but it's implied that Fred is hoping for some. The game of "spin the bottle" comes up (Fred pretends to play.)
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Fred's not allowed to swear, so he concocts substitute phrases to use instead. His favorite -- "oh my gammit!" -- sounds very close to "damn it" and is used frequently. Lots of name calling like "moron" and "idiot," as well as marginal language like "sucks," "buttloads," and "Jesus" (used as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
The movie is an extension of a series of popular videos on YouTube, so kids who haven't seen them before will want to check them out after seeing the movie. Fred's name and image grace a line of clothing and accessories marketed toward tweens.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one scene, Fred's mom cracks open what appears to be a can of beer. From her overall behavior, viewers might infer that she has a drinking problem.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie centers on popular YouTube character Fred Figglehorn -- who's a huge hit with kids, though most adults find him very irritating. Yes, Fred's irritating mannerisms, toddler-like tantrums, and high-pitched voice will grate on parents' nerves ... but that's actually nothing compared to how they'll feel about the movie's iffy messages. Fred's obsession with his crush, Judy, borders on stalking and voyeurism, and he's often the subject of bullying, in both the classic and the cyber sense. If that's not enough, factor in the multiple instances of pseudo-cursing (like "gammit"), and it's clear that this is a movie for impressionable tweens to avoid.
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Fred: The Movie
Based on 44 parent reviews
Absolutely f*cking terrible.
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HES SO HOT
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What's the Story?
FRED: THE MOVIE chronicles the desperate attempts of social outcast Fred Figglehorn (Lucas Cruikshank) to locate his longtime crush, Judy (Pixie Lott), after her family moves away from the house next door. Fred's journey is filled with unexpected twists and turns, but his resolve to find her and tell her how he feels keeps him trekking along. Once they're face to face, however, he discovers that his feelings might not be reciprocated, so he hatches a plan to change his downtrodden social status.
Is It Any Good?
This movie makes light of some serious issues faced by this impressionable tween/teen age group, and its messages fly in the face of responsible behavior. If you've never heard of Fred Figglehorn, you're not alone -- but chances are your tweens and teens have. Cruikshank first garnered Internet fame with short episodes on YouTube centered on the suspenders-wearing oddball he created. If your kids have seen the shorts, then they won't be surprised by Fred's irritating voice, hyperactivity, and juvenile tantrums -- but newcomers might be put off by the over-the-top star.
And parents will have plenty of axes to grind beyond Fred's annoying persona. Not only does the movie glorify Fred's disturbing obsession with unsuspecting Judy (he tracks her movements and admits to watching her in her house through his bedroom window), it's also got lots of substitute cursing. Plus, kids bully one another in the physical, psychological, and cyber senses, and Fred's attempts to win popularity illuminate the fragile nature of relationships among tweens and teens.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about relationships. What makes a relationship "healthy" or "unhealthy"? What should you do if your interest in someone isn't reciprocated? What are your family's rules about dating?
Tweens: Did you find this movie funny? What did you think of the characters? Did you like Fred before watching this movie? How did you first hear about him?
What instances of bullying did you see in the movie? Have you ever seen similar situations in real life? What can kids do to avoid this kind of thing?
- On DVD or streaming: October 5, 2010
- Cast: Jennette McCurdy, Lucas Cruikshank, Pixie Lott
- Director: Clay Weiner
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 83 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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