Before I saw it, I uttered that my least favorite movie was Tom Green’s Freddy Got Fingered, an anti-comedy with touches of gross-out humor, sexual humor, bad taste humor, jokes about child molestation, animal cruelty, animal masturbation, sexual abuse, and a whole bunch of screaming and yelling. To be fair, most of my reaction stemmed from watching reviews of other critics who extremely hated the movie. Years later, I watched the movie with a fresh pair of eyes, thinking I may have overreacted considering the awful movies I have seen. After seeing it, I said, “I don’t hate Freddy Got Fingered,” six words I swore that would have appeared in my nightmares. Gord (Tom Green) is an aspiring animator who travels to Los Angeles, doesn’t get the job, drives back, farts around in his home, quits his job as a food server, develops a relationship with Betty, a crippled girl with a rocket fetish, pitches a new show “Zebras in America”, travels to Pakistan, and all while trying to impress his father Jim (Rip Torn). Part of me got a chuckle at Green’s behavioral ham and bizarre John Waters-style cruelty, mostly from the strange repetition of quotes uttered by Green, Rip Torn, the creepy father and his son. However, for an anti-comedy that has a ton of bad taste humor, the movie could have taken more risks in the jokes. You could have Gord eating human poop, storing a bottle of horse semen in a jar and smearing it on the Dave Davidson’s (Anthony Michael Hall) desk, snorting cocaine off a fat prostitute’s buttocks, or painting hardcore porn on his house. If he was going for that Waters-style campiness and bad taste, Green should have gone to that extreme like what he did on MTV rather than play it slightly safe to increase ticket sales. With that said, I don’t know what puzzles me, my most hated movie making me laugh or the fact that Freddy Got Fingered not working because it doesn’t try to run wild enough.
(2 1/2 Elephant and Horse Cum Covered Cheese Sandwiches with Sausages on Strings out of 5)
Freddy Got Fingered review