Parents' Guide to

Fred: The Movie

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

YouTube star's movie is fraught with disaster for tweens.

Movie NR 2010 83 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 44 parent reviews

age 10+

Absolutely f*cking terrible.

Rated AA

This title has:

Too much consumerism
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age 5+


Best Movie, SO MUCH FRED. He is god, fred is my religon

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (44):
Kids say (140):

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.

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