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Freddy Got Fingered
DVD disk
10.10.2004 By: Professor Steve
Freddy Got Fingered order
Director:
Tom Green

Actors:
Tom Green
Rip Torn
Harland Williams

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Aspiring animator Gord Brody (Green) leaves his dysfunctional family and friends in Portland to sell his cartoon ideas in Hollywood, but ends up coming back to torment them some more.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I'm a big Tom Green fan but still only enjoyed a quarter of this movie. It has some really funny moments, but basically it's a disjointed mess that never really comes together. I always thought Green might have a streak of decent movies before he falls into oblivion (see Pauly Shore) but if he can't come up with anything better than this he should leave the writing and directing duties to someone else next time. This movie is filled with references to some of his MTV skits and personal life (we get to see his testicular cancer surgery again), but there are also many references to things he did on his Canadian cable access show which no one in the US has really seen. I didn't quite dig him as a skateboarder (which he seems to be good at) or even as an animator. The whole thing is loosely based on his life: wierding out his parents, trying to be a star, etc...But they should have just made a WAYNE'S WORLD type of film about his rise to fame as an obnoxious tv host instead of making up a parallel story about an animator.

Besides some gross-out comedy, including Green grabbing a horse's quite large endowment, the rest of the humor relies on whether or not you like Tom Green's persona. The movie follows him around the whole time as he gets into everyone's face, and while to some it's not funny, to others it's comic genius. He's a lot like Chris Tucker in that you either like him or hate him - there's no middle ground. As for the bit players, I didn't like Rip Torn's performance as his dad at all. He's just not funny. Harland Williams is wasted here playing Gord's best friend, and he doesn't have one joke throughout the whole movie besides getting a broken leg. The highlight of the movie was Marisa Coughlan as Betty, the paraplegic with a penchant for rocket science and oral sex - hilarious! And kudos to Anthony Michael Hall who is still funny as the Hollywood animation executive Mr. Davidson. Oh, and Tom's wife Drew Barrymore has one of the worst cameo's I've ever seen as a receptionist in Mr. Davidson's office. If you come away with anything from this film it will be a few good Tom Green one-liners that will only make sense to other people who have seen the movie.
THE EXTRAS
This dvd has a neat set of extras to play with. First and foremost there's a great audio commentary by writer/director/actor Tom Green. He's fun to listen to and when he's not goofing around he's letting us in on what inspired most of the characters, jokes, and scenes in the film. This movie seems to have been his pet project and when he became famous the studio pretty much let him do anything he wanted to - which is evident in the final product. Even those who don't like Green might enjoy this commentary because he's a little calmer than usual, but does go off on some pretty wild tangents. The coolest extra is an audience laugh track taken from the premiere of the movie. I love seeing a movie with a big crowd and that's exactly what it sounds like. Green introduces the film with a megaphone and then the audience cheers at every joke during the first 10 minutes of the movie. However, you can definitely tell as the film went on there is less laughter, presumably because many of the jokes aren't that funny. At the end of the film they all go crazy which probably made the studio execs and Tom Green believe they had something special here - not.

I was disappointed with the 3-minute "PG" rated version of the film which cuts together the PG rated scenes, but it ends up playing just like a movie trailer. It's not funny either. Also, the scene specific commentaries by Harland Williams, Rip Torn, and Marisa Coughlan were pretty lame too and aren't entertaining at all. Maybe it seems this way because Green's commentary was so good. There are 6 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Green which are all funny. They had cut out a scene where his character Gord gets his kicks by sucking on a cow's teat, and also there's a whole section of the film cut out which involves Gord's gay Uncle Neal (Stephen Tobolowsky) who owns the cheese sandwich factory Gord tries to work at in Hollywood. Funny stuff.

There's an MTV produced "Making of" special as well as a another short feature on the film. The MTV special has a few good behind-the-scenes pieces including one about the infamous horse scene. The other feature doesn't really have much, but it does contain the longer promos I remember seeing where Green stands next to a movie projector and talks about the film. Finally, the dvd is rounded out with a theatrical trailer, four tv spots, cast and crew filmographies, and a promo for the soundtrack which is filled with punk rock and a song by Moby.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you're a fan of Tom Green you'll like this dvd and undoubtedly walk around after watching it saying "daddy would you like some sausage?". But if you don't like him or even marginally like him then this might not be your bag.
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