Freddy Got Fingered
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in this movie, a father hates his son, and vice versa. That same father is falsely accused of molestation (by the same son), splitting up the family. A handicapped character -- while otherwise portrayed as a positive, empowered individual -- has peculiar sexual tastes regarding her paralyzed legs. Pakistanis are depicted as gun-toting kidnappers. Grotesque family dysfunction, incest, abnormal sexuality (human and animal), revenge. Plentiful extreme profanity, with an emphasis on the f-word. The main character acts like an impulsive maniac; scenes show him cutting up dead animals, stalking people, making up cruel lies, playing with open wounds and body parts, and pulling sadistic pranks. Alcohol drinking/bingeing. Abundant references to oral sex. Sex between horses on a stud farm. Animal masturbation simulated with assorted livestock. Masochistic practices.A truck hits the lead character while he's clothed in a deer carcass. Running joke about a little boy who accidentally suffers one bloody accident after another. A compound leg fracture. An unrealistic (but graphically violent) cartoon.
What's the story?
In FREDDY GOT FINGERED, Gord Brody (Tom Green) wants to get into big-time animation but is forced to move back in with his parents (Rip Torn and Julie Hagerty) when he loses his job at the cheese factory. Sick of being compared to his younger brother, who works at a bank, Gord clashes with his dad and sets out to drive him crazy. Eventually, he creates a very damaging, destructive lie about his dad.
Is it any good?
When asked to explain the appeal of Tom Green, an eleven-year-old boy replied, "He does things that embarrass himself in front of people." Here, the director/scriptwriter/star burns up film indulgently to get in touch with his inner maladjusted child.
There's barely any rhyme or reason to the star's jangled R-rated antics and his selfish and perverted impulses; more important, there's no reason we should care to watch them. Even though the angry and profane Mr. Brody is supposed to be the movie's villain, you identify with him more than any other character onscreen, as he bellows at his creepy boy's chronic misbehavior. Very late in the action, Gord says he's the way he is because of his father's personality. But by the time that insight comes, most viewers will probably have checked out of the movie, emotionally or physically.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what makes a raunchy comedy good. Why are some films in this genre better than others?