Drop Dead Fred (1991)

A review - by Shlomoh Sherman
April 23, 2014

Drop Dead Fred (1991)
Plot: A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the
presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.
Director: Ate de Jong (as Ate De Jong)
Writers: Elizabeth Livingston (story), Carlos Davis
Stars: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason
Plot Keywords: mother - imaginary friend - slapstick -
rhyme in title - slapstick comedy
Taglines: He Creates The Havoc, She Gets The Blame.
Genres: Comedy - Drama - Fantasy
Certificate: PG-13
Country: USA - UK
Language: English
Release Date: April 19, 1991 (USA)
Filming Locations: Gaviidae Commons, Nicollet Mall - 555 Nicollet Avenue,
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Box Office
Gross: $13,878,334 (USA)
Company Credits:
Production Co: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films
Technical Specs
Runtime: 103 min
Sound Mix: Dolby
Color: Color


Presumably a movie for children, there is an undercurrent, according to my daughter, of a message for adults.

Elizabeth Cronin is a happily married woman, so she believes, when suddenly her darling husband informs her that he is leaving her for another woman.

As a child under the control of a domineering mother, Elizabeth finds an imaginary friend, Fred, has entered her life and causes her to act out in quite an antisocial way.

Now with the current crisis of divorce thrust upon her, Fred re-enters her life and causes even more havoc than he did when Elizabeth was a child.

Polly, Liz' domineering mother has set her mind on taking control of Liz' life again now that she is about to lose her marriage. But Fred's appearence moves that control away from the mother to Fred himself. But Fred himself is none other than Elizabeth's alter ego. Enter Mickey Bunce, a childhood friend who develops a crush on ELaizabeth and begins to woo her. Liz acts polite to him but she shows that her romantic interest is solely for her husband. Mickey ignores her gentle rebuffs and continues to persue her.

In one mad scene, Fred [Liz] causes the devastation of a restaurant where Mickey has taken her on a date. But instead of being turned off to her maniacal behavior, Mickey encourages her. Finally, when he asks her why she is behaving erratically, she confesses simply, "Because I am crazy - to which Mickey also professes his own insanities.

Eventually Liz becomes disenchanted with her errant husband and she and Mickey marry. Will Drop Dead Fred now leave them alone. Only a spoler would let you know.

By all means, if you get a chance, have your child see this zaney movie.

Rik Mayall is an incredible performer and gives real life to the title character of Drop Dead Fred

Phoebe Cates ['Lizzie' Cronin] and Marsha Mason [mother Polly Cronin] have seen better looking days. Beauty is skin deep and lost with the passage of time.

Did You Know?
The steamboat that Janie lived on is an actual residence.

When Anabel and Charles are arguing at the car dealership, a woman stands in front of a red car. She asks to test drive it but in the next scene the car is gray and is a convertible.

[first lines]:
Polly: And the prince took the beautiful young girl in his arms and said, will you marry me? Yes, she whispered, I will be your princess.
Young Elizabeth: Did they live happily ever after?
Polly: Of course, Elizabeth. [tucking her in]
Young Elizabeth: How do you know?
Polly: Because she was a good little girl. If she had been naughty, the prince would have run away.
Young Elizabeth: What a pile of shit!

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Cronin
Rik Mayall ... Drop Dead Fred
Marsha Mason ... Polly Cronin
Tim Matheson ... Charles
Carrie Fisher ... Janie
Keith Charles ... Murray
Ashley Peldon ... Young Elizabeth
Daniel Gerroll ... Nigel Cronin
Ron Eldard ... Mickey Bunce
Eleanor Mondale ... Attractive Customer
Bob Reid ... Judge Dubben
Peter Thoemke ... Arsonist
Sjoukje De Jong Douma ... Grandma Bunce
Paul Holmes ... Man in Speedboat
Steve Cochran ... Waiter #1

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