Freddy Got Fingered is a 2001 American comedy film directed, co-written by, and starring Tom Green. The film follows Green as a 28-year-old slacker who wishes to become a professional cartoonist. The film's plot resembles Green's struggles as a young man trying to get his TV series picked up, which would later become the popular MTV show The Tom Green Show. The film was critically panned at the time of its release, many considering it one of the worst films of all time. It won five Golden Raspberry Awards out of eight nominations, as well as a Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Worst Picture. Roger Ebert named it his worst film of 2001, awarded the film a zero star rating and stated in his review "This movie doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn't below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels." His co-critic, Richard Roeper stated that Tom Green was a poor comedian and later added that he "should be flipping burgers somewhere." The film currently holds an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic consensus stating, "Unfavorably comparing it with such infamously bad titles as Battlefield Earth, a significant number of critics are calling Tom Green's extreme gross-out comedy the worst movie they have ever seen." This was Tom Green's first and only film as a writer and a director.
Unemployed 28-year-old cartoonist Gordon "Gord" Brody leaves his parents' home in Portland, Oregon to pursue his lifelong ambition of obtaining a contract for an animated television series. His parents give him a car in which he drives to Los Angeles and starts work at a cheese sandwich factory. Gord shows his drawings to Dave Davidson, the CEO of a major animation studio; Davidson tells him that the artwork is not bad, but that the concepts depicted, including a vigilante "X-Ray Cat", are nonsensical. Disheartened, Gord quits his job and returns to his parents.
Gord's father Jim constantly insults and belittles him following his return, telling him to forget about being an animator and "get a job." When Gord pressures his friend Darren into skating on a wooden half-pipe he has built outside the Brody home, Darren falls and breaks his leg. At the hospital Gord impersonates a doctor, delivers a baby and meets an attractive wheelchair-bound nurse named Betty, who has an obsessive penchant for fellatio and an ambition to create a rocket-powered wheelchair. Jim also disparages Betty. After a heated display, Jim smashes Gord's half-pipe, and Gord and his parents go to a family therapy session. There, Gord falsely accuses Jim of "fingering" Gord's younger brother, Freddy. The 25-year-old Freddy is sent to a home for sexually molested children while Gord's mother Julie leaves Jim, and ends up dating Shaquille O'Neal. While in a drunken stupor, Jim tells Gord how much of a disappointment he is to him. Affected by Jim's words, Gord decides to abandon his aspirations to be a cartoonist and gets a job at a local sandwich shop.
After seeing a television news report on Betty's successful rocket-powered wheelchair, Gord is inspired to pursue his dreams once again. He returns to Hollywood with a concept based on his relationship with his father: an animated series called Zebras in America. While Gord is pitching this to Davidson, Jim bursts in and trashes Davidson's office. Thinking Jim's actions are part of Gord's pitch, Davidson greenlights Zebras in America and gives Gord a million-dollar check. Gord spends a quarter of that money to thank Betty elaborately for inspiring him, and the remainder to relocate the Brody house to Pakistan with his unconscious father inside, as a response to Jim's earlier put-down that "If this were Pakistan, you would have been sewing soccer balls when you were four years old!"
Gord and Jim soon come to terms, but are then abducted and held hostage by terrorists. The kidnapping becomes a news item, as Gord's series has already become popular. After 18 months in captivity, Gord and Jim return to America, where a huge crowd welcomes them home.
Why it Sucks
- Extremely vulgar humor.
- Inappropriate for all audiences (i.e. extreme amounts of gore, animal abuse, Gord delivering a baby and incredibly horrifying deaths).
- The acting is bad and hammy, but Tom Green's acting is just flat-out abysmal.
- Poorly written dialogue.
- Gord is very childish and extremely unlikable.
- It makes Rip Torn look like a cringeworthy actor!
- There's a scene where Gord hangs meat all over the living room and plays the piano badly, whilst singing in a very irritating voice.
- The "backwards man" scene made no sense of any kind.
- This movie is very mean spirited.
- This film was the only film that Tom Green wrote and directed.
- The poster for this movie looks ridiculous.
- Gord tends to say things twice which is excruciating and annoying (eg. "You hear the funny sounds? You hear the funny sounds? It's my hooves. It's my hooves.")
The Only Redeeming Quality
- At least Tom Green tried to make a film, despite it being a failure. At least he tried.