Drop Dead Fred

Drop Dead Fred

Ate De Jong (1991)

95min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A high-energy performance by Rik Mayall in the title role (wearing a red fright wig) is the chief British interest in this largely uninteresting and unfunny comedy. It's the story of a grown woman (Phoebe Cates) who is revisited by the imaginary friend of her childhood (Mayall) on a mission to cheer her up at a bad time. It's a nice idea, but it falls between all available stools and ends up as a mess on the floor thanks to the poor execution. It's particularly irritating if you've seen the much better Harvey.

Summary

Lizzie Cronin, a young woman whose life is plagued by her controlling mother and womanizing husband, suddenly finds comfort when her imaginary childhood friend reappears, and begins to cause pandemonium, plunging her already unstable life into further chaos. Comedy, starring Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher and Keith Charles.

Cast & Crew

Elizabeth Cronin Phoebe Cates
Drop Dead Fred Rik Mayall
Polly Marsha Mason
Charles Cronin Tim Matheson
Annabella Bridget Fonda
Janie Carrie Fisher
Murray Keith Charles
Young Elizabeth Ashley Peldon
Nigel Daniel Gerroll
Mickey Bunce Ron Eldard
Director Ate De Jong
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy