- Freddy Got Fingered
Freddy Got Fingered
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Directed by Tom Green Produced by Larry Brezner
Written by Tom Green
Starring Tom Green
Eddie Kaye Thomas
Anthony Michael Hall
Music by Mike Simpson Cinematography Mark Irwin Editing by Jacqueline Cambas Studio Regency Enterprises Distributed by 20th Century Fox Release date(s) April 20, 2001 Running time 89 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $14 million Box office $14,333,252
Freddy Got Fingered is a 2001 American comedy film directed, co-written by and starring Tom Green. Some of the scenes feature similar antics to those seen in his own The Tom Green Show and scenes in Road Trip. It is largely built around gross-out and shock humor. Much of the movie was filmed in Southern California and in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Green plays a 28-year-old slacker/cartoonist named Gordon "Gord" Brody, who is pursuing his ambition to obtain a contract for a TV show. He heads off for Hollywood, and subsequently gets a job in a cheese sandwich factory. He also goes to an animation studio looking for Mr. Davidson. He is told that he's out to lunch. Gord makes up a lie that he's a cop and that Mr. Davidson's wife died. He gets the name of the restaurant and quickly heads there to pitch his idea. After being told that his ideas are stupid and make no sense, he decides to move back home and rethink his future. When Gord's father (Rip Torn) questions Gord's life goals, and then proceeds in a fit of rage to destroy Gord's half-pipe, which Gord has spent a whole year building (thereby sending Gord over the edge), he subsequently gets even by having his father arrested on falsified charges of sexual molestation, destroying his parents' relationship and his family's reputation in the process.
Throughout the film, vignettes depict Gord's day-to-day activities, such as his sadomasochistic relationship with a paralyzed woman (Marisa Coughlan), and Gord's best friend's attempts to "go straight" by going to work at a bank.
The theatrically released version of the movie is 89 minutes long and received an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America following requested cuts to tone it down from an NC-17, a rating which Tom Green described as "like porn with murder." As an extra on the DVD release, Green also included a version of the movie which he had edited to secure a PG rating. The PG-rated cut of Freddy Got Fingered is a mere three minutes long with a comedic voice over. Some footage was leaked by the Newgrounds website before the movie was released.
- Tom Green - Gordon "Gord" Brody
- Rip Torn - James "Jim" Brody
- Marisa Coughlan - Betty
- Eddie Kaye Thomas - Frederick "Freddy" Brody
- Harland Williams - Darren
- Anthony Michael Hall - Dave Davidson
- Julie Hagerty - Julie Brody
- Drew Barrymore - Davidson's Receptionist
- Shaquille O'Neal - Shaquille
Upon its original release, the film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, many considering it one of the worst comedy films of all time. Some reviewers gave the film zero stars. The Toronto Star created a one-time new rating just for Freddy Got Fingered, giving it "negative one star out of five stars." CNN's Paul Clinton called it "quite simply the worst movie ever released by a major studio in Hollywood history" and listed the running time as "86 awful minutes."
“ This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels...The day may come when Freddy Got Fingered is seen as a milestone of neo-surrealism. The day may never come when it is seen as funny. ”
Later, in his review of the film Stealing Harvard, Ebert wrote:
“ Seeing Tom Green reminded me, as how could it not, of his movie Freddy Got Fingered, which was so poorly received by the film critics that it received only one lonely, apologetic positive review on the Tomatometer. I gave it—let's see—zero stars. Bad movie, especially the scene where Green was whirling the newborn infant around his head by its umbilical cord. But the thing is, I remember Freddy Got Fingered more than a year later. I refer to it sometimes. It is a milestone. And for all its sins, it was at least an ambitious movie, a go-for-broke attempt to accomplish something. It failed, but it has not left me convinced that Tom Green doesn't have good work in him. Anyone with his nerve and total lack of taste is sooner or later going to make a movie worth seeing. ”
Film critic Leonard Maltin shared Ebert's view of the film:
“ Instantly notorious word-of-mouth debacle became the poster child for all that's wrong with movie comedy. Gags include the maiming of an innocent child and a newborn spun around in the air by its umbilical cord—compounded by the almost unimaginable ineptitude with which they're executed. ”
Freddy Got Fingered was also criticized for its offensive strong language and graphic blood seen throughout the movie.
Freddy Got Fingered began to see more positive praise over time. One of the few notable critics who gave it a generally positive review was A. O. Scott of The New York Times, who compared the film to conceptual performance art. Another favorable review in August 2007 by Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club partially fulfilled Ebert's prediction: Rabin called the film a "borderline Dadaist provocation" and rated it a "Secret Success"
As of 2010 the film has received a large cult following. In Tom Green's interview on The Opie and Anthony Show, host Opie noted the film had begun to be regarded as 'one of the funniest movies ever made'.
Green noted the film had sold a million units, and that he wished to make a director's cut due to a lot of footage that did not make the original cut. Green notes that he was not trying to make The Jazz Singer and that many fans of the movie shout out scenes from the film regularly at his stand-up performance.
Unreality Magazine featured the movie in its list of "10 Hilarious Movies That Received Terrible Reviews", noting that critics' taste in comedies tend not to reflect the general public.
Vadim Rizov for IFC.com wrote an article titled "In defense of Freddy Got Fingered". He calls the film one of the great underrated comedies of the decade and says the film would go on to do better if it was released today.
The film received eight Golden Raspberry Award nominations in 2002 including Worst Supporting Actor (Rip Torn) and Worst Supporting Actress (for both Julie Hagerty and Drew Barrymore). It won in the categories of Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Tom Green), Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Couple (Green and "any animal he abuses"). In acknowledgment of the critical consensus regarding the film's merits, Green appeared at the ceremony to accept his awards, saying:
“ I'd just like to say to all the other nominees in the audience: I don't think that I deserve it any more than the rest of you. I'd like to say that; I don't think that it would be true, though. ”
Green eventually had to be dragged off the stage because he wouldn't stop playing the harmonica.
The movie had a budget of $14 million, and grossed $14,333,252 domestically in 59 days in North American cinemas. The film earned $24,300,000 from DVD sales, and was among the top 50 weekly DVD rentals chart. Green has stated in a few interviews in 2010 that DVD sales have been growing many years later and that there was a cult following. Green has also stated that he would like to do a "Director's Cut" DVD release of the film in 2011 to celebrate the 10 year anniversary.
Director's Cut release
On March 9, 2010 on Loveline, Tom Green officially announced that a "Director's Cut" will be released. On a December 2010 answer to a fan question on his website tomgreen.com, Green said that there was no progress as of yet in regards to the director's cut.
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