You know, the more I think about it, the less clear that is made. Hell, if the writing had been even sub-par then this film may have gotten off with a bit of a stronger rating. But, you need an answer to whether or not you should watch this. Most nineties comedies have a traditional route for their plot. Whatever the case, it created for a very annoying lead. Whoever played the other imaginary characters were quite genuinely the worst things ever. Mayall plays Fred, the imaginary friend of Elizabeth.
Regardless of his past, Mayall was a welcoming sight in this film. A piece from the trailer uses a flashback to where Elizabeth and Fred decide to ruin a room with Cornflakes. In the movie, I have no clue what contextual relevance this has. He leaves a note for Elizabeth, who reads it with her mother, with the letter claiming to be from Charles. Definitely not a caffeine addict. They miss the punchline, the joke looks sloppy and it looks like something out of a horror more than a comedy. Is it Elizabeth carrying out all of these zany actions or is it the fault of Fred? Unfortunately Drop Dead Fred fails to replicate this very simple, albeit crucial task.
Writing wise, the film is lukewarm at best. It may not be integral to the film itself, but a big part of the run time is just the opening credits. There is a relatively nice British sense to the film with the inclusion of Mayall. Ironically, two of the cast members of this film Mayall and Fisher have taken the first two words of the films title way too literally. Not to the point of major change, but to the point where it is at the same standard of all my other reviews. Acting Visual comedy is certainly not this films forte, but at least it tries. With such a strong cast comprising of the aforementioned Mayall, along with Phoebe Cates and the late Carrie Fisher.
Similar to my first review in every way, we need to look at the four most important aspects of a film, those four subjects being: Plot. Furthermore, as a comedy, I was expecting to laugh countless times. Rik Mayall is personally one of my favourite actors of all. Or was it a Drop Dead Failure? To be fair my very first viewing of Drop Dead Fred ended right before that scene, so to see it all these years later was a truly horrifying experience. Writer at Cult Following, Postard, ThumbCulture and formerly KeenGamer. Although only in one scene it genuinely plummeted the film into the depths of terrible.
A film that does its best, however its best is simply less than passable, Drop Dead Fred is not remembered for many reasons. So did Elizabeth write the letter? Parents need to know that Drop Dead Fred is a 1991 slapstick comedy about a newly-separated woman who has brought her mischievous imaginary childhood friend back to life. . Drop Dead Fred gave me maybe one or two chuckles at best. And there was so much wine to spit around the place. This may be down to bad writing, but the actual character of Drop Dead Fred became grating at times.
How utterly convenient to the story progression of this film. No dialogue at all really stood out, not even from Mayall or Fisher who are normally brilliant actors. Because the films story arc is as flimsy as a bridge made out of silly string, there are numerous flashback sequences, some with more relevance than others. Elizabeth has left her cheating husband to move back in with her domineering mother. It was mainly because of the way the child actor delivered the line, not the reaction of the mother. The green suit was quirky and definitely spoke levels of an imaginary friend that would be specific to one person. Can Fred only bee seen by Elizabeth or others as well? Those are the four items that truly make or break a film.
As a huge fan of Rik Mayall and the majority of his work, I had oddly high hopes for this 1991, Ate De Jong film. As a goofy comedy, there are numerous moments of cartoonish violence. Both have passed on to the big dressing room in the sky, Mayall in 2014 and Fisher in 2016. Directed by Ate De Jong, the film released in 1991. Mayall and slapstick go hand in hand Slapstick is something Mayall does so brilliantly in his work, with Bottom being arguably his most famed slapstick moments. He constantly meddles in her life, both past and present. Is it worth watching Drop Dead Fred? Well, quite the hefty abundance as it turns out.
She reopens the box, and out comes her imaginary childhood friend, Drop Dead Fred Rik Mayall , who is still just as mischievous, obnoxious, and playful as he was back when Elizabeth was just a little girl making giant mud pies, breaking valuables, and causing all kinds of trouble with him. Image courtesy of New Line Cinema. Mikey is a childhood friend of Elizabeth there solely for the reason of plot progression. To hope they have never found work again is an understatement. Image courtesy of New Line Cinema. By the time the film was reaching the end it was becoming painful to watch.