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"I'm going to make you proud, daddy."

Freddy Got Fingered is a... strange black comedy film from 2001. It was written, directed by, and starring Tom Green, then fresh off of his success on The Tom Green Show, which had just wrapped it's 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 the chagrin of his father. Hilarity (?) ensues.


Freddy Got Fingered provides examples of:

  • 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.

  • Adorkable: Gord, naturally, as he is played by Tom Green.
  • 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, what is made clear is that he is not mentally stable.
  • Amusing Injuries: Horribly, horribly fucked with. The little boy 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 continuously lingers on the consequences.
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  • 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!''
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Gord does it twice. One of the many, many 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.
  • 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, members of the public have gathered outside the runway with signs... one of which reads "When the Fuck Is This Movie Going to End?".
  • Brick Joke: Julie, Gord's mom, is given advice to leave her husband, whose behavior is getting increasingly erratic day by day, and fulfill "sexual her 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 child who has a horrific injury happen to him 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 an orphanage for abused children, despite his repeated attempts to explain that Gord's accusations are untrue.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Gord could be the Logical Extreme of this trope, to the point that many viewers aren't sure if 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 yelling "FUCKER!" over and over.
  • 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.
  • Deranged Animation: Gord's attempts at cartoons.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Subverted. The title is a reference to Gord's false accusation that his father had molested his older brother, Freddy, which never actually happened.
  • Fan Disservice: The entire movie, pretty much. Rip Torn's ass in particular.
  • Flat "What": When the initial accusation of molestation is made, Gord's dad 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 advance for his cartoon series pitch by renting a helicopter in order to fly a bag of jewels to Betty and then cutting off part of his father's house and shipping it to Pakistan.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The title of the film only made it through because it was released in the era of American Pie, where gross-out comedies were all the rage.
  • Gorn: The roadkill scene, the fracture, the birthing scene, Andy's injuries, really, this film has more blood and gore than some horror movies.
  • Hero Antagonist: Gord's dad.
  • Hypocrite: Gord falsely accuses his father of molesting his brother, but he's done the same thing to both a horse and an elephant.
  • I'm Okay!: Andy, after getting chopped to pieces by plane propellers. The line was very obviously dubbed in to supposedly avoid an NC-17 rating, despite never seeing Andy on screen again.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Parodied when Andy gets chopped up in the airplane propellers but somehow shouts "I'm okay, daddy!"
  • Insult Backfire: From a deleted scene:
    Jim: Nale, you suck!
    Nale: What?
    Jim: You suck cock!
    Nale: Well, yeah!
  • Jabba Table Manners: Gord eats this way on his way home from L.A. to Portland, Oregon. He also does this in a restaurant with his girlfriend.
  • Jerkass:
    • Gord, though it's debatable whether or not he knows any better. He can be a Nice Guy, however.
    • Gord's dad. Especially when he states that handicapped people are probably just lazy or even mentally disabled.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Betty. She has a weird fetish involving getting hit really hard on her paralyzed legs but is generally a pretty Nice Girl and a hell of a lot more likable than our Gord.
  • Karma Houdini: Gord.
  • Large Ham: Those familiar with Tom Green's style of comedy won't be surprised by this one.
    [sticks out a giant sausage from his crotch and walks around on the conveyor belts, showing it off as blatantly as humanly possible]
    [crawls on the conveyor belts with a slice of cheese draped over his face]
    [drives across the room on a mobility unit]
    [jumps on top of a table and screams]
    [grabs a giant jar of mustard]
    [chugs mustard down]
    Gord: MY EYEEEEEE!!!!!! OWW, MY EYEEEEEE!!!!!!
    [starts crawling on the conveyor belts again]
    [everyone leaves]
    Gord: Wait, why are you all leaving?
    Don't you like the Cheese Face?''
  • Literal-Minded: Gord.
  • Mad Artist: Again, Gord.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Gord inexplicably survives being struck by a tractor-trailer with no injuries.
    • Andy gets put through one horrific injury after another, then gets chopped up by a plane propeller and somehow lives.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Most of the film makes no sense and watching it makes no more sense than any of the trope examples listed here.
  • Manchild: Gord, for incredibly obvious reasons.
  • Match Cut: Freddy and the child abuse survivors watch The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) while Gord watches Leave It to Beaver.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Gord's dad.
  • Mood Whiplash: Played for laughs, in (a theorized) parody of the "gross out-drama-gross out" format of comedy films at the time.
  • Narrating the Obvious: The narrator in the PG-rated version tends to do this at times.
    [Gord is doing his "Backwards Man" act]
    Narrator: Then Gord tried on one of Daddy's fancy suits. Do you notice anything strange about Gord? He's got the suit on backwards and he's walking backwards! Gord thinks he's the Backwards Man!
    Gord: I'm the Backwards Man, I'm the Backwards Man...
  • Not What It Looks Like: Jim, while intoxicated, destroys Gord's drawings out of anger and Gord retorts with a simple "fuck you, Dad". Jim then proceeds to bear his ass to Gord (much to dismay of the viewers) and mocks him, telling him "come over here and fuck me". Jim's wife, Julie, walks in and thinks he's asking Gord to molest him, prompting her to leave.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    Gord: I'm gonna make you so proud.
    Jim: Make your daddy proud.
    Gord: You're gonna be so proouud.
    Jim: Prooouuud?
    Gord: Prooooouuuuud.
  • Pædo Hunt:
    Gord: He's a molester! HE'S A CHIIIIIIIIILD MOLESTER!!!
  • The Power of Cheese: Gord's cheese helmet.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Gord could very well make the page image.
  • Random Events Plot: A lot of what happens in the film has tangential relevance at best to Gord's quest to create his animated show.
  • Rape as Drama: How the titular assault is seen in-universe.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gord gives one to an undeserving Nale in a deleted scene:
    Gord: Cheese sucks! Cheese sandwich factories suck, and only stupid idiots work in cheese sandwich factories! And I'm not a stupid idiot, so you can take this job and shove it in your ass!
  • Re-Cut: The DVD includes a "Rated PG Version." It lasts three-and-a-half minutes.
  • Running Gag: Andy getting injured, either by Gord or by his own ineptitude.
  • Self-Deprecation: The credits features the song "The Real Slim Shady", which calls Tom Green out by name and condemns him as a worse influence on children than Eminem himself is.
  • Secondary Character Title: Tom Green doesn't play the eponymous Freddy, he plays his older brother, Gord.
  • Show Within a Show: Zebras in America.
  • Something Else Also Rises: When Betty goes down on Gord, there is a picture in the background depicting the Eiffel Tower being erected.
  • Stealth Parody: Some say that Tom Green made this film as an over-the-top version of some of the comedies that came out at the time, dialing both of the "gross-out moments" and "serious drama moments" present in those films Up to Eleven. Compare Freddy Got Fingered to the gross-out comedies that came out on either side of it, and it's easy to see the connection, though some think that's giving this movie too much credit.
  • Stealth Pun: Remarkably, alongside all the gratuitous vulgarity and inexplicable nonsense, there's actually at least one joke so subtle that it's easy to completely miss it, even on a second watching. In the Movers and Shakers restaraunt that Gord barges into, there's at least one extra who has a cast on his broken middle finger, which naturally happens to be pointed at the camera. In other words, the cast is flipping off the audience.
  • Stylistic Suck: Knowing that Tom Green's comedy stylings mostly consisted of annoying and irritating others for his own amusement, some have theorized that with this film, Green was trying to create the most unpleasant and detestable comedy possible while, as mentioned above, parodying the gross-out Adam Sandler and Wayans Brother comedies of the early 2000s.
  • Surreal Humor: Any humor that isn't gross is still pretty weird, especially pertaining to Gord's nonsensical cartoons.
  • Tagline: The very befitting "This time you can't change the channel."
  • Title Drop: Averted, though the title is what Gord accuses his father of doing (Freddy being Gord's younger brother).
  • Toilet Humor: Pretty much the whole movie.
  • Troll: The Movie. Some even declare it's, quite possibly, the greatest "troll movie" ever made.
  • The Unfavorite: Implied with Gord's younger brother, Freddy (Eddie Kaye Thomas) as their dad, Jim, got Gord a LeBaron convertible with a license plate that says "#1 SON". Plus, Jim starts warming up to Freddy only after Gord moves back in.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The "Daddy, Would You Like Some Sausages?" scene as depicted in the PG-rated version.
    Narrator: Did Daddy like Gord's song? [Gord's father is shown pulling the sausages down and stepping on Gord's keyboard] He sure did!
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Gord. Any and all physical harm the movie dishes out at him is almost welcomed.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: None of Gord's fellow sandwich assembly line workers pay the slightest bit of attention to his playing around with a sausage and yelling obnoxiously. When they do eventually leave, it's only because of the siren signalling their lunch break.
  • Vertigo Effect
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Gord, to the point of him and his dad nearly reciting the trope word-for-word at the end.


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