The gross out comedies of the early 2000s were often helmed by comedians that had somehow managed to smuggle themselves onto primetime television. Adam Sandler is certainly the biggest contender in that field, with David Spade and Norm MacDonald soon following with lesser success. But one man we could expect something truly awful from was Tom Green, a man whose only other works were harassing people on a subway while dressed as a monkey and a podcast he hosted from his own home. More recently he has eaten a mouse in the film Road Trip, led a cult akin to that of the Apple brand in Iron Sky 2: The Coming Race, and of course, his finest work resides in the cult classic Freddy Got Fingered.
Green directs and stars throughout Freddy Got Fingered, a film all about Gord Brody and his passionate attempts at making it big in the world as an animator. His father, Jim (played here by the late, great, Rip Torn) is opposed to this strongly, and the two clash with one another when Gord moves back home after his failed attempt at breaking into the animation circuit.
Most of the comedy comes from outlandishly written sequences starring Green. A majority of them have no real connection to the storyline, they’re mere coincidences that happen in a string of loosely related scenes. The plot and the comedy are almost completely separate at times, with nothing bridging the gap between the two aside from the fact that they just so happen to take place in the same location.
Revolting humour, pieces of writing that blur the line completely between what is and isn’t acceptable to film. For those looking for a self-destructive film where its director and star looks to completely destroy his own work, Freddy Got Fingered will provide just that. It’s sort of like what David Lynch did with Dune, but Lynch didn’t add a scene where Tom Green goes scuba diving in his own toilet. Nor did he add a scene where Green goes crazy, harassing his fellow employees at a cheese factory, screeching “ding dong” while the workers around him are settling in like this is just another normal day.
One of the real charms of this film is that every character Gord interacts with acts as if this is in fact the normal reaction. They’re not surprised by his erratic behaviour or anything he attempts to do. Written as a possible psychopath, Gord even has scenes where he, surprisingly, seems like the level head in the situation. Maybe it’s because those that interact and even appear around him devolve so quickly into Neanderthal like behaviour, and their rapid deterioration from credible character to shuffling cliché.
Freddy Got Fingered is a truly strange piece of film that has no real right to be this consistently funny or incredibly pace breaking. Its flaws are in fact the highlights, the lack of presentation value or care from Tom Green sees him chewing the scenery. Many would fall for the trick of him being a poor actor, rather than merely playing one like he does with his leading role here. Freddy Got Fingered is far from a masterpiece, and it’s also far from the so bad it’s good material you would expect. It’s an awkward blend of expected storylines, but subverted and submerged in so much inane insanity that it just about works.