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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The film was almost universally denounced, disparaged, and ridiculed. Although mainstream TV ads for the movie looked harmless enough, the film itself followed the misadventures of an apparently mentally retarded man who made it his life's mission to be as bizarre and offensive as possible (licking an open wound, wearing a bloody deer carcass as clothing, etc.). Roger Ebert at least paid this movie the compliment of reminding him of the classic surrealist film Un Chien Andalou — but then, moviegoers in 1929 hated that, too.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: To be fair, the movie could be argued to be 99% made of this, but the Institute of Sexually Molested Children scene with the kids and Freddy watching an excerpt of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) while creepy music plays in the background is a particular standout (which is ironic considering that it's one of the few scenes that has any sort of relevance towards the film's non-indicative title).
  • Bile Fascination: This movie isn't "So Bad, It's Good", It's "So Bad, It's Art"!
  • Critical Dissonance: The film seems to be more popular with viewers than it is with critics.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The movie runs on this trope. For instance: the Running Gag of a neighbor child being the victim of wacky slapstick—but with realistic, bloody injuries.
  • Cult Classic: The movie has garnered a cult following in the years since its release, with many people appreciating the sheer ludicrousness of the humor and the meta-fictional angle of the plot. Nathan Rabin and Chris Rock number themselves among the film's such newfound fans.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: All the characters, except for Betty and a few others, are unlikable assholes.
  • Designated Hero: Gord is a destructive, unlikable, obnoxious, borderline insane Manchild who terrorises and annoys everyone around him.
  • Ear Worm: All together now ... "Daddy, would you like some sausage? Daddy, would you like some saus-a-ges..."
  • Escapist Character: Gord. Despite getting rejected from his dream job and abused by his dad, he still gets a hot girlfriend who would rather give him blowjobs than go out to expensive places; and in the end, he gets to be an animator anyway, which pays him $1 million upfront (and it's implied that he didn't have to do anything outside of creating the characters) and gains him a cult following.
  • I Am Not Shazam: "Freddy" is not the name of the protagonist (his name is Gord), but of his brother — and the title refers to an incident in the movie that none of the trailers showed (which was only an accusation by Gord, and never actually happened in the movie). Even some foreign titles of the film became guilty of this, such as in Spain, where it became Freddy el colgao ("Freddy the Wacko").
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  • It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: Extreme example: When the film was nominated for five "awards" at the 2001 Golden Raspberry Awards, Tom Green actually showed up to accept them, saying when he did, "When we set out to make this film we wanted to win a Razzie, so this is a dream come true for me."
  • Memetic Mutation: "He's a molester! He's a CHIIIIIIIIILD molester!"
  • Nausea Fuel: How much time do you have?
    • First, there's the horse-wank. Repeated later with an elephant.
    • Then the deer carcass.
    • Then Darren's graphically broken leg. "The wrong shoes," indeed.
    • Then the birth. Then the cutting (read: biting) of the baby's umbilical cord.
    • When Betty tries to give Gord a blowjob, we see Gord's own umbilical cord is taped to his stomach for some reason.
    • Gord's dad tries to proposition his mother by making some very freaky faces. Plus, we see his wrinkled old ass.
    • The Zebra-Man cartoon isn't immune to this, either. The promo shows Gord's Author Avatar getting his jaw ripped off by his father, then he's roped to the back of a car and driven around with what's left of his face getting ground up by the road.
    • The movie ends with a little boy getting chopped up by a propeller. He survives, but with the amount blood he'd lost, he'll probably die before they can get him to a hospital.
  • Older Than They Think: Grossed out by Rip Torn pulling his pants down and showing off his ass? You probably shouldn't watch Chinatown, where he has a nude scene.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The Zebras in America scene was one of the very first projects created by Titmouse, back when it was just founder Chris Prynoski doing freelance animation work by himself and receiving payment through his t-shirt design company of the same name. Because he was a freelancer and not a production company, Prynoski didn't have production insurance, so he had to accept payment through the T-shirt company's bank account. In Prynoski's words, the entire Titmouse animation studio "grew out of me being too dumb to turn down freelance work."
  • Signature Scene: The sausage-keyboard scene, for better or for worse.
  • So Bad, It's Good: An interesting case; panned in every conceivable way and often a contender for "Worst film of all time", it's since developed a cult following claiming that it's an exercise in dadaism. Roger Ebert even predicted this in his review of the film: "The day may come when Freddy Got Fingered is seen as a classic of neo-surrealism. The day may never come when it is seen as funny."
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: It's earned something of a tongue-in-cheek reputation as a neo-dadaist auteuré film thanks to its seemingly non-existent plot, refusal to make a point out of anything, and Green's word that it was at least partially a stab at shallow studio comedies. As mentioned above, it's not "So Bad, It's Good," it's "so bad, it's art!"
    • Along with Ebert's quote at the top of the main page, A.O. Scott of the New York Times stated that several skits, such as "The Backwards Man" and the infamous "Sausage Piano" scene, might have qualified for a National Endowment for the Arts grant if they weren't from a Hollywood film, and said that they might still go on to appear in the New York Museum of Modern Art someday.
    • Probably why the film has a cult fandom — including Nathan Rabin.
    • Mike Stoklasa of RedLetterMedia presents a compelling case that Green intended Freddy to be a massive Take That! towards dumb studio comedies by making it the worst possible version of such a film. The fact that the story is literally about Green's character wasting a clueless executive's money doing whatever he wants adds further bite to this reading, as it suggests that Green was completely confident that studio executives cared only about capitalizing on his popularity and shock value and would pay no attention to the content of the film itself.
    • In-Universe, this is how Hollywood executive Dave Davidson sees Gord's cartoon pitch.
  • Vindicated by History: In a sense; the film is still ranked low on many websites and is still considered one of the worst films ever made, but reaction to it has been more kind in the ensuing years, as The New York Times was one of the few publications that gave it a positive review in 2001, it has sold well on DVD and even Roger Ebert later commended Green for the ambition shown in actually making the film.
  • The Woobie:
    • The titular Freddy. He already has to deal with his irrational father and older brother, but due to an ugly rumor, he is sent away to a home for abused children, even after he insists that he wasn't. Worse, by the end of the film, he's still there! It was a nice home and all, and the children there are getting the help they need and are handling it well, but still...
    • Darren. Basically every injury or hardship he goes through is because of Gord and the Toxic Friend Influence he has on him.
    • Julie, having to interact with her constantly angry husband, one son being a Manchild and the other apparently being molested by her husband and sent away.
    • Gord and Jim are moreso of the Jerkass Woobie variety, namely in dealing with their respective crappy lives and their interactions with each other.
    • Then of course Gord's neighbor, Andy Malloy, the little boy who keeps enduring horrific injuries.


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