Drop Dead Fred [DVD] 
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Her marriage on the rocks, Lizzie Cronin (Phoebe Cates) is forced to return to her domineering mother. In desperation, Lizzie calls upon Fred (Rik Mayall), the imaginary friend of her childhood, to help her through this difficult period. But Fred proves to be more hindrance than help - the effects of his actions are far from imaginary and Lizzie must take the blame.
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 (the titular 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 comic 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fortunately, I got the video a few years later (and wore it out...I had to buy the DVD yesterday!) and totally fell in love with it.
Drop Dead Fred may not be a "typical" kids movie...But would you expect that with the genius Rik Mayall playing Fred?
This is a sweet, funny, and...Yeah okay, I'll say it...Heartwarming movie that you can watch again and again and get something else from it each time. Anyone who thinks Rik can't act, look at his last scene with Lizzie.
I still cry to this day ^_~
Fred is stark raving mad, and out to cause as much mayhem as possible, but no one can see him but Elizabeth, so who still gets the blame after all these years? But Fred is back, because Elizabeth is terribly unhappy. In his own weird and wacky way, he is out to set Elizabeth on the right track, and everyone needs a friend.
This is a very funny movie, an uproariously hilarious movie! Rik Mayall (Rick from The Young Ones) does a great job of taking Fred over the top, and off to the outer reaches of wackiness. His gross humor (lots of doggy-do, nose-picking, hits to the head, and so forth) may turn some off, but is sure to please any connoisseur of craziness.
Now, is this a family-friendly movie? Well, not exactly, there are some off-color remarks and adult innuendo, but not much. The big problem is that there is one scene where you see a naked man from behind. But, other than that it is pretty good. I showed it to my kids, and they loved it. I liked that it also had a lesson of finding happiness inside yourself.
So, as for my family and I, we loved this movie, and highly recommend it to you!
Rik Mayall turns in a wonderful performance as imaginary friend Drop Dead Fred, which makes you wish they hadn't cut Peeves the Poltergeist from the Harry Potter films, and Phoebe Cates is perfect as his person, Lizzie. The young Lizzie (Ashley Peldon) is charming and lovable as required, and the supporting cast (including Tim Matheson and Carrie Fisher) don't let the side down.
The special effects at times look a little dated, and there aren't any special features on this DVD, but for me that didn't matter. I loved this film as much now as I did as a little boy, and am thoroughly glad I bought it.
I will readily admit this comedy is not for everyone. It is a rather strange thing, in the main I think it is a bit too weak for fans of bottom and a bit strong for kids.
Yet, there is something that draws me to it. Its the mix of Rik and Phoebe that just works, its weird, yet slightly delicious, a bit like Willy Wonka if you understand what I am getting at?
Rik is meant to be that imaginary friend that causes mayhem, but in some ways he plays it so well, you just believe he is real and forget he is meant to be imaginary.
You will watch this film and put it away in its box.....and if your like me, you will return to it after a while and enjoy it again...it has a magnetism and a real innocent charm that is delighful.
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rik mayall at his lunatic best!the imaginary friend we all wished we had as kid's.phoebe's struggle too adjust to a relashionship break-up is complicated by fred's re-appearance in... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by ted the head1941
Item as described, would use again & recommend to friends and family.Published 2 months ago by Blondie