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Drop Dead Fred

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1991
  • Ate De Jong
  • 95 mins
  • 12

Summary

Fantasy comedy starring Phoebe Cates and Rik Mayall. When her husband leaves her, Elizabeth Cronin is persuaded to move back home by her overbearing mother, Polly. There, Elizabeth conjures up the imaginary friend of her childhood, "Drop Dead Fred", whose mischievous pranks soon cause mayhem.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Elizabeth CroninPhoebe Cates
Drop Dead FredRik Mayall
PollyMarsha Mason
Charles CroninTim Matheson
AnnabellaBridget Fonda
JanieCarrie Fisher
MurrayKeith Charles
Young ElizabethAshley Peldon
NigelDaniel Gerroll
Mickey BunceRon Eldard

Crew

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DirectorAte De Jong

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1991-10-11
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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