This not-quite-black comedy was probably a laugh riot on paper. The translation almost works, but the execution is flawed. Phoebe Cates is a recently separated young woman who suddenly begins to see her supposedly imagined childhood friend (the titular Drop Dead Fred) after moving back into her mother's home. Is he a manifestation of her secret desires to ditch the boorish spouse? Or was he real all along? Rik Mayall is a limber, carrot-topped comic with the lamentable assignment of trying to make us laugh with vulgar, sophomoric trickery. He is supposedly the repository... of Cates's fastidious repression but is more annoying than cathartic. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com [show more]
Rik Mayall plays an imaginary childhood friend called fred who likes nothing more than causing chaos tagged along by a young child who happens to be his friend elizabeth. years have passed and therefore she's forgoten about him until the day she is reminded by another friend who she hasn't seen since a child who then reminds her how much mischief she use to get up to with her imaginary friend, she makes her way back to her house after being fired from her job and ends up moving back in with her mother who happens to be twisted as in she can be weak minded and does everything she is told to do.
elizabeth comes across an old toy which is a jack in the box that has been taped up, moments later it decides to play a tune which she is curious as to why it played so it is opened resulting in a something shooting out and bouncing around her room it lands under the bed as she looks under it nothing is there, whilst turning around she is shocked to find fred sneakely hiding behind her. from there the chaos kicks off again which happens to be some of the best humor ever filmed, rik mayall delivers when it comes to playing the role of a maniac which he does really well in this truly hilarious film. Even though it was released in 1991 it can still make people crack up with laughter which will give modern comedy's a run for there money. If you liked bottom then you should like this if not more, it's a must have.
This is one of those films where if you haven't seen it, then you haven't lived. It's funny and moving all in one. Phoebe Cates, previously from the Gremlin films, is great as shy and awkward Elizabeth. Rik Mayall puts in a hilarious performance as Drop Dead Fred, Elizabeths crazy and sometimes reckless imaginary friend.
There are some brilliant laugh out loud moments revolving around Fred and his ability to ruin Elizabeths life while thinking he is helping her.
If you want some light hearted childish fun then this is definately the film for you!
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Her marriage on the rocks, Lizzie Cronin (Phoebe Cates) is forced to return to her domineering mother. In desperation, Lizzie calls upon Fred (Rik Mayall), the imaginary friend of her childhood, to help her through this difficult period. But Fred proves to be more hindrance than help - the effects of his actions are far from imaginary and Lizzie must take the blame.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play When Elizabeth returns to her mother&39;s home when her marriage breaks up she recreates her imaginary childhood friend Fred to escape from the trauma of losing her husband and her job In between the chaos and mayhem that Fred creates Elizabeth desperately attempts to win back her husband and return to normality with comical results!Actors Phoebe Cates Rik Mayall Marsha Mason Tim Matheson Carrie FisherDirectors Ate de JongWriters Anthony Fingleton Carlos Davis Elizabeth LivingstonProducers Anthony Fingleton Carlos Davis Paul Webster Tim BevanLanguage EnglishSubtitles Danish Dutch Finnish French German Hungarian Norwegian PolishNumber of discs 1