History Film / DropDeadFred

26th Apr '16 7:09:21 AM Mdumas43073
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Originally this film was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years it has been able to achieve a cult status. For a time there was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.

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Originally this film was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years it has been able to achieve a cult status. For a time there was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.
26th Apr '16 7:08:58 AM Mdumas43073
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''Drop Dead Fred'' is a 1991 comedy film starring Phoebe Cates and Creator/RikMayall. Originally the movie was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years, it has been able to achieve a cult status.

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''Drop Dead Fred'' is a 1991 comedy film directed by Ate de Jong, starring Phoebe Cates and Creator/RikMayall. Originally the movie was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years, it has been able to achieve a cult status.Creator/RikMayall.



For a time there was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.

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Originally this film was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years it has been able to achieve a cult status. For a time there was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.
26th Apr '16 7:07:44 AM Mdumas43073
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''Drop Dead Fred'' is a 1991 comedy film starring Phoebe Cates and Creator/RikMayall. Originally the movie was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years, it has been able to achieve a cult status. There was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.

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''Drop Dead Fred'' is a 1991 comedy film starring Phoebe Cates and Creator/RikMayall. Originally the movie was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years, it has been able to achieve a cult status. There was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.\n


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For a time there was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.
26th Apr '16 7:07:01 AM Mdumas43073
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''Drop Dead Fred'' is a 1991 film starring Phoebe Cates and Creator/RikMayall as the eponymous Fred. Originally the movie was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years, it has been able to achieve a cult status. There was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cronin has had a horrible day, her entire life falling apart within a single lunch hour. First, while trying to reconcile with her husband over his affair, he dumps her. Her purse and then car are stolen as she tries to figure out what to do about her life, and finally she loses her job. Lizzie's controlling mother Polly arrives on the scene and Shanghais Lizzie into staying with her. Upon returning to her childhood home and exploring her old room, Lizzie discovers an old, taped up jack-in-the-box. When she opens it, Lizzie ends up releasing her childhood imaginary friend Drop Dead Fred, whom her mother had trapped inside the toy many years ago.

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''Drop Dead Fred'' is a 1991 comedy film starring Phoebe Cates and Creator/RikMayall as the eponymous Fred.Creator/RikMayall. Originally the movie was panned by critics and not much of a box office success; however, over the years, it has been able to achieve a cult status. There was speculation of a remake starring Music/RussellBrand in the titular role, but it has since fallen into DevelopmentHell.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cronin (Cates) has had a horrible day, her entire life falling apart within a single lunch hour. First, while trying to reconcile with her husband over his affair, he dumps her. Her purse and then car are stolen as she tries to figure out what to do about her life, and finally she loses her job. Lizzie's controlling mother Polly (Marsha Mason) arrives on the scene and Shanghais Lizzie into staying with her. Upon returning to her childhood home and exploring her old room, Lizzie discovers an old, taped up jack-in-the-box. When she opens it, Lizzie ends up releasing her childhood imaginary friend Drop Dead Fred, Fred (Mayall), whom her mother had trapped inside the toy many years ago.
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19th Sep '15 9:37:15 PM mlsmithca
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Lizzie finally finds happiness in her life, but she can no longer see Fred.]]
** However [[spoiler:Fred hasn't gone far as he is now the imaginary friend of Mickey's (Lizzie's childhood friend) daughter and Lizzie realizes this when she notices the little pinkie sign she used to do with Fred.]]
* BrokenAesop
** So, the way to reclaim happiness in your life is to reconnect with your imaginary friend from childhood, who proceeds to destroy anything and everything without a second thought to the ramifications on your life. The same friend who also set up an actual burglary of her own house as a child, which sent her father (the parent who actually cared for her) briefly to jail. Riiiight...

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Lizzie finally finds happiness in her life, but she can no longer see Fred.]] However, [[spoiler:Fred hasn't gone far as he is now the imaginary friend of Mickey's (Lizzie's childhood friend) daughter and Lizzie realizes this when she notices the little pinkie sign she used to do with Fred.]]
** However [[spoiler:Fred hasn't gone far as he is now the imaginary friend of Mickey's (Lizzie's childhood friend) daughter and Lizzie realizes this when she notices the little pinkie sign she used to do with Fred.]]
* BrokenAesop
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BrokenAesop: So, the way to reclaim happiness in your life is to reconnect with your imaginary friend from childhood, who proceeds to destroy anything and everything without a second thought to the ramifications on your life. The same friend who also set up an actual burglary of her own house as a child, which sent her father (the parent who actually cared for her) briefly to jail. Riiiight...



* DirtyOldMan: Murray

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* DirtyOldMan: MurrayMurray.



* DisappearedDad: Lizzie was only conceived because Polly believed that having a child might save her failing marriage to her husband Nigel. However, they couldn't agree on how to raise her; when Polly finally gets sick of Lizzie's antics with Fred and decides to imprison him in a jack-in-the-box, Nigel insists she's making a mistake, but she dismisses his opinion as irrelevant. This proves to be the last straw for their marriage, and Polly's treatment of Lizzie becomes even more strict and manipulative without Nigel to reel her in.



-->*Court reporter Lizzie barges into courtroom over an hour late*

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-->*Court -->''(Court reporter Lizzie barges into courtroom over an hour late*late)''



* FromTheMouthsOfBabes

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* FromTheMouthsOfBabesFromTheMouthsOfBabes: Even as a child, Lizzie apparently learned some... interesting words.



* {{Jerkass}}: Let's see, he breaks stuff, smears dog crap on the carpet, mocks Lizzie about her husband leaving her, causes havoc at a resturaunt, makes Lizzie look completely batshit (that is, if you don't already think that about her), oh, and ''destroys Janie's home and everything she owns for no apparent reason other than his amusement''. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, Fred is totally the friend we all need.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: {{Jerkass}}:
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Let's see, he breaks stuff, smears dog crap on the carpet, mocks Lizzie about her husband leaving her, causes havoc at a resturaunt, makes Lizzie look completely batshit (that is, if you don't already think that about her), oh, and ''destroys Janie's home and everything she owns for no apparent reason other than his amusement''. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, Fred is totally the friend we all need.]]



* ManChild: '''FRED'''
* MyBelovedSmother: Polly, Polly, Polly.

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* ManChild: '''FRED'''
Fred.
* MyBelovedSmother: Polly, Polly, Polly. She micromanages absolutely every aspect of her daughter's life, effectively keeping her in a childlike state. It's telling that when [[spoiler:Elizabeth finally has the courage to leave Charles once and for all, his first instinct is to call Polly in the hope that she can manipulate Elizabeth into returning to him]].



* {{Redhead In Green}}: Fred has an outfit for every occasion, but definitely doesn't believe in branching out, chromatically.

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* {{Redhead In Green}}: RedheadInGreen: Fred has an outfit for every occasion, but definitely doesn't believe in branching out, chromatically.



* TitleDrop: Whenever Fred's full moniker is used

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* TitleDrop: Whenever Fred's full moniker is usedused.



* TraumaticHaircut: Fred does this to Lizzie's new do while she's sleeping.
** And also once when she was younger.

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* TraumaticHaircut: Fred does this to Lizzie's new do 'do while she's sleeping.
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sleeping. And also once when she was younger.



1st Sep '15 6:22:16 PM amphiboly
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** So, the way to reclaim happiness in your life is to reconnect with your imaginary friend from childhood, who proceeds to destroy anything and everything without a second thought to the ramifications on her life. The same friend who also set up an actual burglary of her own house as a child, which sent her father (the parent who actually cared for her) briefly to jail. Riiiight...

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** So, the way to reclaim happiness in your life is to reconnect with your imaginary friend from childhood, who proceeds to destroy anything and everything without a second thought to the ramifications on her your life. The same friend who also set up an actual burglary of her own house as a child, which sent her father (the parent who actually cared for her) briefly to jail. Riiiight...
1st Jul '15 4:28:57 PM amphiboly
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* CassandraTruth: Played with from so many different angles among the characters, per Lizzie's claim regarding Fred's "existence", you almost don't know where to start!
1st Jul '15 3:08:31 PM amphiboly
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* GilliganCut: Lizzie's mom tells her that she's coming home with her, Lizzie attempts to assert that she's staying in her own apartment, only for the scene to cut to her being driven home by her mother.
23rd Feb '15 12:14:46 PM TokoWH
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** At least she learned to stand up for herself and [[NotAfraidOfYouAnymore tell off the people making her miserable]]. [[AllJustADream In her head]]. While in real life she mostly attacked innocents, even destroying every possession of a supportive friend. Maybe the lesson was "be a victim or [[TheBully find victims of your own]]."
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