In The 90’s, Tom Green made it big when MTV green-lit a sketch comedy known as, “The Tom Green Show” airing from 1994-2000. It primarily focuses on Tom pulling pranks in front of random bystanders. One of his signature sketches in my opinion is “The Bum Bum Song.” The Tom Green Show is sorta a prototype to MTV’s Jackass using similar pranks to shock people in unpredictable situations. As his fame grew, Tom went on to partake in films including “Charlie’s Angels” & “Road Trip.” Until one fateful event, he destroyed his career by directing his big screen film considered to be one of the worst movies in cinematic history is film called, “Freddy Got Fingered.”
Freddy Got Fingered was released in 2001. It was critically panned by numerous critics such as Roger Ebert, (included in his “Worst Movies List) Lindsay Ellis/Nostalgia Chick among many others who hated the film. Even Alicia Vikander stated this is the worst movie she’s ever seen. Even though Tom’s film was a critical flop, it barely became a box office disaster.
The film went on to win Razzies. at The Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, (Tom Green) Worst Actor, (Tom Green, again) Worst Screenplay (Tom Green duh) & Worst Screen Couple. (Tom Green and any animal he interacts with)
2001 was one of the worst years in America. Aaliyah died from a plane crash, Osama Bin Laden was responsible for organizing 9/11 using his pawns to destroy The Twin Towers, crash land on The Pentagon & attempting to murder George W. Bush by crashing an airplane towards The White House. The third thing we suffered from other than tragic real life events was Tom Green’s Freddy Got Fingered.
Now that Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic has recently watched the film and did a review. I’ve decided to do my take on Tom Green’s Razzie award winning stinker to see how bad could it really be next a dozen movies I’ve reviewed in the past.
The following review contains big fat SPOILERS. If you’re shockingly interested or have never ever seen it, read at your own risk.
Positive & Negative Elements
Positive: Rip Torn, (Zed from Men In Black, Patches from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch from American Pie) & Anthony Michael Hall did a solid job for their performances.
Drew Barrymore (Tom Green’s girlfriend at the time) makes a brief appearance.
The only joke that made me laugh is when Gord wears a business suit on backwards, then he sings “I’m The Backwards Man”
Cinematography was ok without suffering from technical flaws.
Shaquille O’Neal makes a cameo appearance. I don’t blame him, he needed the money to pay for his children’s college tuition at the time before his son or daughter graduates high school.
Eminem’s “Real Slim Shady” plays during The End Credits. By the way, Eminem is one of my favorite rappers.
Negative: Tom Green did a horrendous job directing, writing, producing and starring in the film. He plays Gord, an annoying manchild who dreams of becoming a cartoonist, lacks social awareness, he doesn’t think before he acts.
The story is nonsensical filled with random shenanigans which doesn’t connect to a three act structure. What’s the point on making a movie if you’re not constructing each act as the equivalent of DNA containing traits associated with a plot, characters, dramatic conflict etc.
I hate to break it to you, I got bored watching this movie scene upon scene without sparking any interest.
Besides Gord, a few characters (not Freddy & Gord’s mother) are extremely bonkers lacking social awareness, common sense, moral compass, motivation, morality among other crud. It’s as if they belong in Arkham Asylum!
Gord commits properly damage. He doesn’t think before he acts. Superman’s battle in Metropolis from “Man Of Steel” is pretty tame in terms of a story taking a big risk attempting to retell Superman’s mythology, but for Tom Green’s movie, he failed to make us care for his character.
Gord skins a dead deer by taking a high powered CEO of an animation department advice literally. What kind of sicko would do such a thing. Han Solo had to carve out a dead taun-taun in order to keep Luke from freezing to death. Gord however, carved it and wore the skin as a fur coat.
After his friend fractures his bone, Gord proceeds to lick the wound rather then calling an ambulance. Nobody’s does that in real life.
Hospital staff did not notice Gord skateboarding around the area. You can’t wake up patients, especially old folks, if you skateboard in a retire community or a hospital with someone who has heart problems, their heart rate will rise uncontrollably.
After Gord somehow helps a pregnant woman give birth to a baby lacking proper medical equipment, you can really tell that it’s a doll.
In order to wake a newborn baby, Gord attempts to wakes it up by spinning an umbilical cord attached to the baby by spinning it around. In real life, the cord would’ve easily snapped sending the newborn flying in high speed, suddenly it dies like a car crash victim.
Moments later, the mother thanks Gord for delivering her baby. She should’ve spit on his face because of his stupidity for nearly murdering a child! Pennywise The Dancing Clown from Stephen King’s It had a motivation to kill kids!
“Dramatic” conflict clocks in at the 0:51:17 mark or should I say, the title of the film. What if the shark’s terrifying presence from Jaws never commenced until the 1:30:00 mark? Writing 101, if you want to write a three act structure, read Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey, that’ll help you build your own unique story.
Upon witnessing Rip Torn’s buttocks, I nearly choked on my Dr. Pepper which made me cough it out! Thanks a lot Tom! Rip’s wrinkly old butt will forever be carved in my brain as a mental scar! I’m Doubling Down this con for possibly trying to kill me like Attila The Hun!
Rip Torn gets sprayed by something gross. I refuse to tell you because it is so totally wrong!
The final scene butchers Raiders Of The Lost Ark’s propeller scene in the most insulting way by using an innocent boy who constantly gets injured.
The Final Verdict: F, FOR FAKER!
As a film critic, I hear by establish Freddy Got Fingered as one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my entire life. This picture suffers mental instability trying too hard to be offensive and disgusting as inhumanly possible. If you want to watch a proper gross out movie that’ll make you feel queasy in a good way, go watch the “American Pie” films, (excluding direct-to-DVD spin-offs) “The Jackass Trilogy” and “Bad Grandpa.” (not Robert De Niro’s Dirty Grandpa) That’ll keep you entertained worth every penny.