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Freddy Got Fingered

review by Zach B.

 

Rated R

Studio: Fox

Running Time: 87 minutes

Starring Tom Green, Rip Torn, Marisa Coughlan, Eddie Kay Thomas and Julie Hagerty

Written by Tom Green & Derek Harvie

Directed by Tom Green

Retail Price: $29.98

Features: Audio Commentary with Star/Director/Co-Writer Tom Green, Selected Scene Audio Commentary with Harland Williams, Selected Scene Audio Commentary with Marissa Coughlan, Selected Scene Audio Commentary with Rip Torn, Three Minute PG-Rated Version, World Premiere Laugh Track, MTV Special, Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary with Tom Green, Featurette, Cast and Crew Bios, Soundtrack Spot, TV Spots, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (28 Scenes)

Released: October 23rd, 2001

Oh that Tom Green... what will he think of next? While Green does carry a large young demographic, there are those who don't think much of him. Ever since Green started his cable access show in Canada, he's gotten a fan base. That fan base soon spread to MTV, where he gained a large amount of popularity and a more widespread fan base. While his show is no longer on the air, Green still has his fans and started to do work in feature films, such as Charlie's Angels and Road Trip. Still, Green's main point is that he continues to go over the top with his wacky stunts and comical lies (when did he and Drew Barrymore get married exactly?). Naturally, it'd only be time before Green got to make his first film. He co-wrote it, stars in and yes, even directed it! Can anyone direct a movie? I suppose so. So in April 2001, "Freddy Got Fingered" opened. It tanked at the box office. It was considered an embarrassment. And the reviews... the reviews! I seriously did not read worse pans since "Battlefield Earth." Ouch. A nasty hit. I missed it in theaters, since the movie opened and closed within a few weeks, but I will admit I am a Green fan. His charades are wild, funny and amusing and he has great comic sensibilities. So how is "Freddy Got Fingered"? Is it really as bad as everyone says it is? I don't think so.

"Freddy Got Fingered" tells the story of twenty-eight year-old Gord Brody (Green), a wannabe animator who tries to impress hotshot David Davidson (Anthony Michael Hall - gasp!) with his creation while working at a cheese sandwich factor. Davidson chews Gord out, and as a result, Gord moves back home with his parents. However, Gord and his Dad (Rip Torn) don't exactly get along. Chaos, of course, ensues between the two.

Personally, I think "Freddy Got Fingered" is just an 87 minute series of sketches that are tied together and act as fuel to show off Green's wacky antics and style. I also think that Green knows this. I believe that he didn't go and set out to create a comedy that would make sense and be on a high caliber level. I believe that he just created something that he could have fun with and that something audiences and his fans could have fun with. A lot of this movie features pointless scenes that only serve to laugh or ridicule, and don't advance the story. Depending on the way you look at it, you may hate that or like it. Personally, I'm in between. Yes they're funny, but it feels like filler and just nothing really. So it serves it purpose in one way, and in another it doesn't. "Freddy Got Fingered" is just a vehicle for Green. Nothing more or nothing less.

The script, written by Green and long time collaborator Derek Harvie, accomplishes what it's supposed to. That, as I said, is a vehicle for Green. There's a lot of crazy moments, as I said, that are just for laughs and don't add for the film. Simply a tool to show Green's comedic acting. Still, there's a lot of irrelevance and it just doesn't add up plotwise. It's all gross-out comedy, a trend audiences used to love and now audiences are getting sick of, which may be a result why this movie failed at the box office. The dialogue is a lot of random screaming with curse words, while the situations are just far out bizarre and sick. The characters are developed rather nicely. They're not fully fleshed out, but you do get a sense of them. This movie is basically uneven and lacks much depth, but it's fun. Still, in the end, there's not much sense to be made and the ending is terrible with no meaning to what the film sets up. It's just a device for a sick joke (as you probably figured). The same thing with this movie's title... it's just for a laugh and doesn't add much to the film except father/son conflict. But what there's not too much focus on Freddy and... oh forget it, it's all with good fun in the flick's context.

Green as a director is pretty good and he impressed me. It's his first directorial debut, and not a bad one at that. Yes, the editing in some places could have been a bit better, but you learn with experience. Despite the movie really not making much sense and being random as well as assorted, it's short (one hour and twenty-two minutes plus five minutes of credits) and has a good flow. Green sets up running gags and nice shots. Definently not a bad debut as a director, and he'll probably hone his skills more and become a better director if he chooses to make more films.

The performances in this movie are good and the performers play off Green good. Let's get Green out of the way first... it's his usual self. He's outrageous, he yells, he acts crazy and tempestuous. It's all Green here as he runs it all. So if you like his acting and antics, his craziness will please you. Rip Torn comes off as a good father (as a character, not a person) who happens to be a maniac. Torn and Green do share a good chemistry with their banter on screen. Marisa Coughlan is a good love interest, while Eddie Kay Thomas, Anthony Michael Hall (wowza!), Julie Hagerty (what's she doing in this?) and Harland Williams shine in their smaller, less-developed roles.

Overall, "Freddy Got Fingered" might as well be called "The Tom Green Movie." His fans will love it and those who like sick humor will too. Those who don't like the genre, don't like Tom Green and don't like random assorted crap probably won't. Still, it's not as bad as everyone says it is. It really could have been worse.

 

"Freddy Got Fingered" is presented in its original 1.85:1 anamorphic aspect ratio, and this is another terrific transfer from our friends at Fox. The print used for this transfer is really clean. Blemishes and scratches pop up here and there, but they're rare and never really so distracting. Some shimmering also appears now and then but it's nothing major and also a rare case. There is no edge enhancement and some visual grain is there, but like the little flaws on the print it does not add up to much. Colors and black levels are great, while detail is pretty good. Color saturation is perfectly fine, so are fleshtones and hues as they appear accurate. Still, I didn't think this transfer was as vibrant as other Fox transfer, it looked just a tiny bit dull in comparison and didn't give off the full 3-D look as I've come to expect. Don't get me wrong, this is one nice transfer and has quite a pleasing image.

"Freddy Got Fingered" has a rather rocking and active 5.1 Dolby Digital English track that is certainly pleasant to listen to. There's a good balance between sounds. Dialogue is crisp and easy to hear , it's quite clear and the background noises are fine against it. The music, whether it's touching melodrama instrumental that feels like it's right out of a TV movie or hard punk rock, sounds quite well and fills the channels rather nicely. .1 LFE extension is good in this mix, as well as surrounds. Getting hit by a truck, crashes, skateboarding and other action-packed scenes make for great channel use and brings in a nice experience. Overall, this 5.1 mix is rather good and suits the material well as it sees to embody what it has. English and French Dolby Surround tracks are included as well as English closed captioning plus English and Spanish subtitles.

While it's not labeled a special edition, I think it should be as "Freddy Got Fingered" features a lot of pretty great supplements. This disc is plentiful in content and really has a lot of funny stuff. First off, we have a Audio Commentary With Tom Green. Love him or hate him, this is his first track I believe (it seems like it especially when he fiddles with the film's volume, his questions about using curse words and his opening remarks) and it's actually one of the best tracks I've heard lately. Green seems a bit nervous and talks fast, but that's a good thing as he just keeps rolling and rolling with information. I wasn't sure how Green would play it out - would he be rather serious when talking about his directorial debut or just spit out ridiculous information and funny lines? Well, it seems to be a bit of both and that is a great thing in my opinion. Green has some really hilarious comments (I did enjoy his Fox logo remark), but in seriousness he talks about his inspirations and things he has done in the past that made it into the film. Yes, Mr. Green can actually be pretty insightful. Still, while there is serious stuff there's a lot that's all in his nature - crazy rambling... especially about body parts. He mocks the critics too, and it's amazing how he can make some worthwhile comments and the next instant his comments are just disgusting and funny. The track has a good flow though and thankfully, Green doesn't pause and keeps going. He's consistent, talks about changes the film had and whatnot, repeats what's on screen sometimes BUT THEN discusses them in-depth and offers just his wacky brand of humor. It's rather funny and interesting, so fans of the film (okay, just Tom Green fans) or need a good laugh, listen to this.

Okay, so they aren't feature-length, but three actors bring in their perspective on the film for a few scenes and share commentary on those - most likely since they are supporting actors and aren't in every single scene. Anyway, the first of these sorts of commentary is with Hardland Williams. Williams is joined by his agent Carl. I found this to be a waste of time. Williams makes a lot of stupid comments and tries to be funny, but he's not. While he attempts to provide insight, it falls flat. Ugh, just avoid it. It's not funny at all.

The next, with actress Marisa Coughlan is much better. She has a very good approach to it. She reveals cuts the film faced, her audition and is very warm with her comments. She provides insight about the filming, her character and Tom Green's "madness." It's not all screen specific, but still quite good and worth a listen.

Finally, Rip Torn himself is the last of these scene audio commentaries. Torn calls the backward man bit "genius" and gives a hearty chuck. Torn praises Green and was impressed with him. Torn seems like he really wanted to be involved in the project, and offers a warm approach. He also makes jokes, talks about a scene he didn't like and really just has a good time talking about what's on screen.

There is a rather funny PG Rated Version of this R rated film. As you would expect, it's cut... to three minutes! It's in 1.85:1 letterbox and two channel sound, and once again, I'm annoyed Fox didn't bother to make something widescreen anamorphic. Anyway, this is rather funny and worth a watch since it's so short. It seems more like rated G even... I guess the word "sucks" makes it PG. Still, it's clips from the film tied together and with a wacky announcer narrating the story. There's a rare case where you'll hear dialogue from the film, but they make it like a joke and aim it for children and actually make it preachy to an extent as far as morals. They make it corny, goofy and cheesy, and it's just really funny (I thought so). Don't miss it!

The World Premiere Laugh Track is a really interesting feature and the first time something like this has been featured on DVD. Someone recorded the audio from the people in the audience at the film's world premiere that was on March 21st, 2001 (you even get Green's opening remarks before the showing). This is a great feature, personally. You sorta feel like you're in the audience with all the cheers, chanting and laughs. I found, and I'm sure people can agree, that sometimes when you watch a comedy without many people, it's not that funny and you don't really feel so part of the experience. Seeing a film in the theater is important, at least to me, as you experience something with others at the same time. This actually helps to recreate that experience, so if you're alone and feel like having the created feeling of more around you, this is a nice feature. Some may consider this a novelty, but I hope other releases do follow suit with this. It doesn't exactly create the whole experience of being in a theater, but it really does help. Again, I found this to be a great feature.

The MTV "Freddy Got Fingered" Special is included on the disc (wow, they called it the "most significant day of American cinema"). Obviously, this is no in-depth documentary but a fun and enjoyable look at making the movie. It has behind-the-scenes footage, clips and interviews. Green hosts it, offers sick facts and shows interviews and stuff on-the-set which can be uh, interesting. Not your typical promotional featurette, and I can only see gross out humor fans and Green fans liking this.

We are treated to some non-anamorphic, completed and good quality (as far as transfer) Deleted Scenes. There are six of them, each with optional Green commentary (with the exception of "Uncle Neal's House," you can only watch the scene with Green commentary). Since this movie is completely nonsensical, you would figure these would fit right back into the movie. But for whatever reason or another, Green cut them and talks about them and the cuts on his optional commentary for these. Like the film commentary, his comments are more of the same. However, since he talks about cutting, Green is a lot more serious here and offers good stories and answers questions about the cuts. The scenes are "Sucking The Cow," "Uncle Neal's House," "Cheese Sandwich Factory," "Quitting The Job," "Apocalypse Homage," and "Reference To Boat Scene." Fans of the film should check em out.

There is your standard Fox promotional Featurette with clips, on-the-set footage and interviews with Green... basically. More of the same as we come to expect, though it can be fun thanks to Green.

Finally, you have detailed Cast and Crew Bios, a Soundtrack Spot, the full frame Theatrical Trailer and Four TV Spots to view, also funny and worth watching. On another note, the menus are very enjoyable and are really well animated. They fit within the film and just work within the context.

Who knows how well this movie will do on video, as Green's core audience didn't show up to see this movie in the theaters so who knows if they will on video. In any case, Fox has provided a spiffy DVD version of the film. The presentation is fabulous and the supplements are well worth getting into. Green fans and fans who do enjoy ridiculous comedies, be sure to check it out.

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