Drop Dead Fred
Meet Lizzie, an emotionally repressed woman who lets her mother control her life and looks like a life-sized American Girl Doll. She is so used to submitting to other people that she ends up in a relationship with a man who treats her like dirt, leaves her for Bridget Fonda, and all she wants in life is to get him back. She moves back in with her mother, into her unchanged childhood room, where she discovers the box that housed her childhood imaginary friend, Fred. She untapes the box and nothing happens. End of movie. Just kidding, he pops right out and declares that he will help Lizzie do whatever will make her happy, which she thinks is getting her douchebag boyfriend, Charles, back. Throughout the movie, we see flashbacks of Fred and miniLizzie battling Mega Bitch, aka Lizzie’s overbearing mother.
Now obviously, because Fred has Lizzie’s best interests at heart, he really doesn’t want her to get back with Charles and ruins every attempt. Because Lizzie is stupid, she doesn’t take the hint and instead decides to take her mother’s advice and starts taking pills to get rid of Fred and gets back together with Charles. Although it’s supposed to be a comedy, this movie is psychological as all get out. To quote the Entertainment Weekly review, “The creature who is visible only to the woman is like a poltergeist energy of her repressed self, a problematic ego container into which her powers of assertion and creativity were poured and stored.” Is Fred really real, or is he Lizzie’s way of asserting herself? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out! The most important thing this movie taught me is that if someone breaks your heart, you should wipe a fresh booger on their face.
If this is making you wonder, “What happened to Phoebe Cates?”, she married Kevin Kline, had two kids, and then retired (save one movie in 2001) to raise her kids and do other things. Or maybe she really hated Princes Caraboo and it soured her on acting for life.
Starring Phoebe Cates (Gremlins, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Rik Mayall (The Young Ones), Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl, The Middle), Tim Matheson (Animal House, Van Wilder, The West Wing), Briget Fonda (Jackie Brown, Single White Female), and Carrie Fisher (um, you know).
Entree: I’ve come down with a bad case of cornflake (crusted seitan) disease!
Side: Lizzie declares she is going to make Charles The Most Romantic Salad Ever. I don’t know what she was putting in it, but I think something called Aphrodisiac Salad works.
Dessert: No, we are not making pants pie. If you like coffee and booze, there’s a recipe for Manhattan Mud Pie in Vegan Pie In The Sky, but for something simple that looks like mud, stick with Chocolate Pudding Pie.