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Freddy Got Fingered

20th Century Fox/20th Century Fox . R4 . COLOR . 83 mins . R . PAL

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I have previously reviewed the rental version, so you may like to refer to that for more information. Freddy Got Fingered is a Tom Green project (written, directed, produced, starred). He is a Gordon Brody, a 28 year old cartoonist who lives in his Dad’s basement (Rip Torn). He wants to sell his cartoons to a Hollywood animation studio. Along the way we meet his mother (Julie Hagerty), his brother (the film’s ‘Freddy’, Eddie Kay Thomas), his wheelchair-bound rocket-scientist doctor girlfriend (Marisa Coughlan) and the animation studio executive (Anthony Michael Hall).

The film follows “Gord’s” travels to Hollywood from somewhere in Oregon. It isn’t exactly a road movie. Tom Green’s antics in the past have been at the expense of other people; namely his parents. In this film it’s no different. Green goes over the top to antagonise people in his inimitable style. The ‘funny’ part is the reaction of fairly straight-laced people to his antics. An acquired taste, is it not?

You get the requisite attraction to animal genitalia, phallic-shaped foodstuffs, animal entrails, gory accidents, crude language, sexual situations and strong over-acting. The language is actually very strong and constant.

There is not much that is out of bounds for Tom Green. If you like that, then this is for you.

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This is identical to the rental release and is your typical Fox transfer. It ain’t the best, even for Fox, but it’s acceptable - which is perhaps more due to it being a modern print rather than a good transfer. No flaws can be easily picked up, however it is akin to other Fox titles with a generally pleasing print.

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Also identical to the rental, this is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track at 384k/s with typically excellent vocals and a bouncy modern pop soundtrack that is geared to sell the requisite soundtrack CDs. There's only limited use of bass and rear effects, plus we get the wildly exaggerated pans than are a hallmark of ‘comedy’.

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There are many extras and some of them are quite unique.

Firstly there’s a commentary track by Tom Green and it’s two hours you’ll never get back given the inane content.

There’s a 'PG version' which is actually a three minute comedic summary of the film; it is actually a ‘take-off’ of the film.

There is also third track that is a premiere recording, which has the audience up loud and the film track lower. I think they’re having a better time than you or they’re on drugs. Either.

A theatrical trailer and several TV spots are also included.

There is a half hour MTV special hosted by Green. You know the type; the commercials have been cut out. There is also a four minute featurette.

There are a number of deleted scenes; some that make it abundantly clear why they were excised and others that will tell you why making films is such as expensive business. In one sequence a full-sized yacht is dropped from a helicopter into a house-sized woodchipping machine. This was cut due to time constraints. All cuts are commented by Green.

A cast biography rounds things out.

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All the extras in the world will not save a bad film. This is bad; bad as in real bad and not ‘bad-good’. Green himself says this is a rather indulgent movie with a lot of in-jokes, it certainly looks like it would have been a lot of fun to make. Since my original review, Green has split up with Drew Barrymore so this perhaps isn’t a great film for him, but it is unlikely we will see a second film from him given the "success" of Freddy...


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