FREDDY GOT FINGERED: DVD
Gordy (Tom Green) is an animation legend. In his own basement. Or, to be precise, his parentsí basement. Gordyís father, Jim (Rip Torn), is less than impressed with his sonís doodling exploits and wants him employed and out of the house. In fact, Jim is so pleased when Gordy announces that he is leaving to get a steady job in a Hollywood cheese factory that he buys him a convertible to hasten the journey. Gordy, however, is secretly planning to peddle his drawings and a lack of success soon lands him back in his parentsí basement. It seems that Gordy might have to abandon his dreams for good unless the encouragement of his budding romance with wheelchair-bound Betty (Marisa Coughlan) can outweigh the all out war that is developing with his father.
Review by Brad Green:
This film sets out to shock. And shock it does. Iím aghast, appalled and astonished that anyone allowed a vat of puerile, putrified farce posing as a screenplay to become the abomination that is this eighty-odd minute waste of celluloid.
Tom Green and I may share a surname, but we do not share a sense of humour. He seems to be suffering from the delusion that because Ďnewí is considered a cinematic desideratum, anything new will do. Canít say Iíve ever seen a bloke jerk off an elephant before; canít say Iím edified to have now had the pleasure.
Although a shower of pachyderm semen does seem more inviting than immersion in Greenís creative masturbation: a series of gross-out sequences that P.T. Barnum would have been ashamed to peddle. Iíve observed sharper wit on the Footy Show, on the subject of which, and in case youíre wondering, the title does indeed refer to the syndrome ĎRoving-digitus Hopoatisí, and it is the viewer who is left feeling like the victim.
Green is oblivious to the fact that outrageousness is most effective in a context that generally engages the audience. I do think he has a comic talent as a performer, and got a chuckle from his over-the-top lunacy in Road Trip.
But that film wrapped its teen-oriented silliness in narrative, punchlines and absurd but entertaining characterisation. Greenís directorial and writing debut ignores such indulgences completely. Useful only as a calibration mark for absolute zero on the scale of comedic sophistication, I would have to advise that any who prefer their humour to include a pinch of intelligence give this one a wide berth. Fifty elephantine erections at the very least.
DVD special features comprise an audio commentary by Tom Green, an audience laugh track, deleted scenes, a featurette, MTV special Making Of; Easter Egg and trailer.
Published June 3, 2004
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FREDDY GOT FINGERED: DVD (R)
CAST: Tom Green, Rip Torn, Harland Williams, Stephen Tobolowsky
DIRECTOR: Tom Green
SCRIPT: Tom Green, Derek Harvie
RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes
PRESENTATION: Widescreen; 1.85:1 16:9 Enhanced
SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary by Tom Green; Audience Laugh Track; Deleted Scenes; featurette; Easter Egg; MTV Special making of; trailer;
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: May 26, 2004