Fred: The Movie
Fred: The Movie, stylized as FЯED: THE MOVIE, is a 2010 television comedy film based on Fred Figglehorn, a character created and played by Lucas Cruikshank for the latter's YouTube channel. Directed by Clay Weiner and written by David A. Goodman, the film was initially optioned for a theatrical release, although it instead premiered on Nickelodeon in the United States on September 18, 2010; the film was released theatrically on December 17, 2010 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Fred Figglehorn embarks on a quest to find Judy, the girl of his dreams, with hopes she reciprocates her feelings.
Why It Sucks
- Several characters, particularly Fred and his mother, are unlikable.
- Fred comes across as a stalker, mainly due to his... perspective of himself and his crush, Judy. This is evident through him constantly calling Judy his "girlfriend" and even saying at one point that he "calls her every night"... and yet we're not just supposed to root for this guy, but we're also supposed to find this cute and charming. Also, his voice can get extremely grating.
- Some scenes in the film, particularly the scene where Fred meets his long-lost friend in the woods, come across as creepy and unsettling rather than humorous.
- Some attempts at humor come across as unfunny, with notable examples being when Fred burns his tongue with melted cheese before freaking out, and the infamous scene where he vomits on Judy's party dress at her party. Other attempts can be seen as offensive, with the biggest offender being Fred accusing a Mexican man of ruining his brain because he doesn't understand English.
- Other scenes in the film serve nothing more than to pad out the running time. One example of this is a scene with a cameo of American wrestler John Cena.
- The movie never indicates that Fred is fantasizing something.
- Kevin is another cliched bully who is a rip off of Biff Tannen from Back to the Future.
- Fred's fantasies about Judy are nonsensical, he stalks her just to sing with her. Plus, for the majority of the film, Judy doesn't even show much interest in Fred at all, until the very end of the film.
- The film has a really bad message about becoming popular at high school, "If you want to make it, fake it" when Fred and Bertha make a fake party.
- When Fred breaks the fourth wall, the editing is noticeably out-of-place.
- The acting is rather lazy, particularly with Fred.
- Very loose plot.
- Jennette McCurdy's performance as Bertha is passable.
- JOHN CENA!!!
- The scene where Fred is digging a tunnel to China is funny.
- The songs can be enjoyable, particularly the one in the opening.
- The laundromat scene was hilarious.
The film received extremely negative reviews from critics, receiving a 0% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 2.5/10.
- This is the first official film to be based on a YouTube series.
- Before the huge success of the movie, Nickelodeon financed the production of Fred: The Show and produced TTSW, another show which starred Lucas Cruikshank.
- According to Cruikshank, the entirety of the film's production lasted a little under a year; this would explain the low quality of the film.