Director: Tom Green
Stars: Tom Green, Rip Torn, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Anthony Michael Hall, Harland Williams
A critic’s take: “In a sense, this is a horror film, worse than anything Andy Kaufman could dream up, in which Green tries to outgross himself. Well, he succeeds, if that's any kind of welcome news to you.” - Desson Howe (Washington Post)
Why it’s bad (meaning good): When it comes to Freddy Got Fingered, Tom Green’s first foray into what we’ll loosely define as directing, the words “good” or “bad” aren’t robust enough to describe the film’s many virtues. In fact, there’s no words at all, since you most likely viewed this movie with your jaw on the floor and your eyes as wide as they’ll go, and remained that way throughout its duration.
Green wrote, directed and starred in the 2001 film, which features his character, Gord, engaging in activities such as: stimulating a horse, playing a piano attached to sausages with strings, inhabiting the carcass of a deer then being hit by a truck, accusing his father of fingering his brother, and so, so much more. There is a plot, thought it doesn’t really matter. Each scene is more surreal than the next, and though it was released 17 years ago, each one will continue to stick with you like a nightmare you can’t shake.
Some scenes are legitimately funny. Green’s “Backwards Man” bit in front of the mirror kills me every time I watch it. Other scenes make you feel like someone slipped something in your drink, like Gord’s animated series “Zebras in America.” Either way, you’ll remember Freddy Got Fingered for a long, long time.