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"I'm going to make you proud, daddy."
Gord, moments before yelling at a pedestrian to "get the fuck out of the way"

Freddy Got Fingered is a strange and deranged black comedy film from 2001. It was written, directed by, and starring Tom Green, then fresh off his success on The Tom Green Show, which had just wrapped its fourth season.

The film shows the cartoonist Gordon "Gord" Brody (Green) heading to Los Angeles to obtain a contract for a television series. But the producer tells him, quite rightly, that his ideas don't make any sense, forcing him to go back home to Portland, to the chagrin of his father Jim (Rip Torn). High(?)-larity ensues.

Sucked into Gord's world of madness are his mother Julie (Julie Hagerty), his younger brother (and the titular) Freddy (Eddie Kaye Thomas), his best friend Darren (Harland Williams), girlfriend Betty Menger (Marisa Coughlan), and prospective producer Dave Davidson (Anthony Michael Hall).


One thing that everyone agrees on in regards to this movie is that it is, to some extent, a Stealth Parody of the lowbrow "dude-bro" comedies that were popular around the time of its release. How much of the movie is a parody as opposed to just showing Green losing his marbles on-camera, and whether that parody works is, and likely forever will be, a source of debate.

Nothing to do with the other guy called Freddy who’s also known for his fingers.


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  • Abusive Parents: Jim gets angry with Gord easily and almost attempts to hurt him. Jim even goes as far as attacking Gord's friend Darren by kicking his injured leg, and attacking Mr. Davidson and his secretary. It's almost a good thing that Jim's wife Julie divorces him.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Betty repeatedly insists on sucking Gord off, and he is often hesitant to accept.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's never made clear what kind of disorder Gordy suffers from. However, it is made clear that he is not mentally stable.
  • Amusing Injuries: Horribly, horribly fucked with. Andy Malloy suffers the kind of horribly over-the-top violence that would normally be brushed off in a cartoonish fashion, except that the movie goes out of its way to highlight how horrifically painful and traumatic each new injury is and lingers on the consequences.
  • Anti-Humor: Tom Green specialized in this type of humor.
    Gord: What do you call a guy with cheese on his face? The cheese face!
  • Basement-Dweller: Gord begins the movie as such, and his reversion to being this when he quits his sandwich job is what touches off the conflict between him and his dad.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Gord does it twice. One of the five Golden Raspberry Awards the film received was for "Worst Onscreen Couple: Tom Green and any animal he abuses."
  • Black Comedy Rape: The titular (fabricated) assault, which doesn't actually have that much bearing on the plot.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • At first, Jim believes Gord's implausible claim to have landed a job in high finance. He finds out otherwise during an unfortunate encounter in a fancy restaurant.
    • Gord's later accusation that Jim molests Freddy goes unchallenged by everyone else.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The scene where Gord delivers a baby, for a woman he's never met, after ignoring her pleas to get a real doctor. The incredibly NSFW result becomes what referred to as "one of the bloodiest births ever put on film."
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Near the end of the film, Gord and his father reconcile in Pakistan, only to be kidnapped just when it seems like the film is wrapping up. When that plotline gets resolved and they return to America by plane, a huge crowd welcomes them home on the runway, with one person holding up a sign which reads "When the Fuck Is This Movie Going to End?"
  • Brick Joke: Gord advises Julie to leave Jim, whose behavior is getting increasingly erratic day by day, and fulfill "her sexual desires and have sex with basketball players and Greek men". Later, we see her in bed with Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Butt-Monkey: Andy Malloy, a young neighbor of the Brodys who suffers horrific facial injuries every time he appears.
  • By Wall That Is Holey: During the Pakistan scene, Gord survives being crushed by the cut-off section of his house via going under a window. This might actually be a Shout-Out to Buster Keaton and his iconic trope-making stunt from Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928).
  • Call-Back: Gord masturbates an elephant to orgasm and sprays his dad with the ejaculate at the end of the film.
  • The Cameo:
    • Tom Green's then-fiancée Drew Barrymore has a few appearances as Dave Davidson's secretary.
    • Also, Shaquille O'Neal as Gord's mom's new boyfriend.
  • Cassandra Truth: After Gord makes the titular accusation against his dad, his (adult) brother Freddy is immediately taken away by Child Protective Services and sent to live in a group home for abused children, despite his repeated attempts to explain that Gord's accusations are untrue.
  • Censor Decoy: The scene of the little boy getting obliterated into a small pile of meat that nothing could possibly have survived by airplane propellers got the film initially slapped with an NC-17 by the studio.note  Green responded by removing nothing from the scene and adding an obviously dubbed-in clip of him cheering "I'm okay, daddy!", despite the fact that he (for obvious reasons) never appears in the rest of the film, and sent it to the ratings board. The MPAA accepted the scene with no further complaints.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Gord could be the Logical Extreme of this trope, to the point that some viewers suspect he has some sort of mental illness.
    • Gord's dad also qualifies, although he's not quite as strange as his son is.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The end of the Zebras in America cartoon features a voice-over of Gord repeatedly yelling "FUCKER!"
  • Comically Missing the Point: Gord and Darren work on a skateboard ramp at 3 a.m. one night. Darren points out that Gord's hammering will likely wake his parents — and Gord suggests using an electric drill, which turns out to be even louder, instead.
  • Cool Car: Jim gives Gord a Chrysler LeBaron, which by 2001 was a classic luxury sedan no less, and they then gush over it for too long.
  • Corpsing: Even though Jim is meant to be furious at Gord during the "Daddy, would you like some sausage?" scene, Rip Torn is clearly trying his hardest not to crack up at the absurdity of the scene.
  • Deconstructive Parody: In the re:View episode on the film, Mike Stoklasa argued that the film is secretly a parody of gross-out comedies.
  • Deranged Animation: Gord's attempts at cartoons.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Gord uncomfortably turns down Betty's numerous attempts to give him a blowjob, only acquiescing when she's already taking his pants off. He rather prefers that they take it slow and go on proper dates. It's only after he earns a million dollars and uses part of it to give Betty jewels where he's okay with her sucking his cock.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Gord gets his right after his parents buy him a Chrysler LeBaron. When his younger brother asks why Gord gets such a nice car, Gord says "It's because they love me more than they love you," establishing him as a childishly obnoxious jackass who's rude to everyone immediately and for no reason whatsoever.
  • Establishing Series Moment: About five minutes into the movie, Gord spots a horse at a nearby farm, leaps out of his car, jumps the fence, and starts jerking off the horse, screaming "Look, daddy, I'm a farmer!", for absolutely no reason. After that, it's off to the races.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Subverted. The title is a reference to Gord's false accusation that his father had molested his younger brother, Freddy, which never actually happened.
  • Fan Disservice: The entire movie, pretty much. Rip Torn's ass in particular.
  • Flat "What": When Gord makes the initial accusation of molestation, Jim comes back with a disbelieving "...say what."
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: Subverted. Gord's dad flushes the toilet while Gord is in the shower on purpose to try and get him with this. Gord turns out to be showering in full scuba gear.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Gord squanders his million-dollar advance for his cartoon series pitch by renting a helicopter to fly a bag of jewels to Betty, then cutting off part of his father's house and shipping it to Pakistan.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Gord is the foolish one, a zany Manchild who's terribly unqualified for a professional job (he briefly works in a cheese sandwich factory and later at a fast-food restaurant apparently specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches). Freddy is the responsible one, working at a bank and having managed to move out of home.
  • Genius Ditz: Betty may be an amateur rocket engineer, but she's not very bright in other areas. It doesn't occur to her that Gord is clearly not a stockbroker until Jim points it out to her.


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