Drop Dead Fred [VHS]
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- Sales Rank:69,133
- Format:Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Language:English (Unknown)
- Media:VHS Tape
- Running Time:103 Minutes
- Rating:PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Shipping Weight (lbs):0.4
- Dimensions (in):7.3 x 4 x 0.9
- Release Date:August 19, 1997
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Elizabeth who just split from her husband, ends up going back home to mom. She comes across one of her childhood toys, a Jack-in-the-box, which was the very same one her frustrated mother imprisoned her childhood "imaginary" friend Fred, many years ago. Low and behold Elizabeth now opens the box, and out springs Fred with 21 years of pranks stored up!
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 (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 Brit 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
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