Drop Dead Fred
Drop Dead Fred (1991)

When Elizabeth Cronin (Phoebe Cates) comes to stay with her overbearing mother (after her husband leaves her for a younger woman), she rediscovers her wacky imaginary childhood friend, Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall). Drop Dead Fred and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 19, 1991
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Drop Dead Fred is an erratic stab at making madness sensible, a slapstick nightmare that goes too sane, that tries too hard to be both good and rotten.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The movie is no comic masterpiece, but it is consistently amusing in a way that sometimes reminded me of a kiddie picture and at other times of a more sophisticated comedy.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

That any of it, however, should suddenly, melodramatically lead to Elizabeth learning to assert herself is, to say the least, unpersuasive.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

This is easily one of the worst films I've ever seen.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

It tries too hard to mimic Beetlejuice, especially in British comic Rik Mayall's frantic performance as the title character -- Mayall is no Michael Keaton -- but it has a whimsical comic energy.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

It's rare that a movie so cleverly conceived is so poorly executed.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The episodic flashbacks are cast in an unfunny Freudian light -- domineering mother, helpless hubby, the tragically withdrawn child. What a laugh riot!

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

Drop Dead Fred is a movie for people who like the sound of fingernails on blackboards and the feel of a drill bearing into a bicuspid.

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun

It plays like a collection of bits, skits that have been thrown together with little eye to continuity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This quirky comedy from Dutch director Ate de Jong shares psychiatric themes dealing with abuse, madness, imaginary friends, and mental illness. Of course, all… More
Tony Gandía
Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Probably why Phoebe Cates retired from acting.
KJ Proulx
Besides a few moments where the writers stumbled upon a lucky line that happened to work, "Drop Dead Fred" is easily the most brainless film I have… More
Jason Owens
I've been watching "Drop Dead Fred" for years and it's still one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Everybody does a good job… More
Phil Hubbs
This is great purely for Rik. I love 'Bottom' and 'The Young Ones' and this is close to being great stuff, close. The idea is cool and… More
Nicki Marie
Probably wouldn't work if it was to be released now, but at the time, this was a decent movie, and still smile rewatching it.