Green crosses the line, but no one should follow

Movie review

April 20, 2001|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

Tom Green goes where no one else would dare to go. Who'd want to, given where his hands have been?

In his latest movie and directorial debut, "Freddy Got Fingered," Green's fearless devotion to shock comedy forces viewers to endure images you'd just as soon wipe from memory forever. For starters, he redefines animal lust by fondling several four-legged friends, guts road kill (and then wraps himself in the deer skin) and whacks Betty, a paralyzed woman, with a bamboo stick - at her insistence - for foreplay. Just when you think, No he isn't going to go there, he does.

Pack a flak jacket, because Green viciously hacks away at every taboo normal society keeps at a distance and shoves it right in your face. He doesn't even spare his new wife, Drew Barrymore, who makes a cameo appearance.

Green plays Gord Brody, a 28-year-old slacker still living at home with his parents, hoping one day his drawings get picked up as an animated sitcom. Rip Torn goes nuts in playing the father who's pushed over the edge by his No. 1 son's antics.

Gord gives him plenty to worry about. A typical scenario shows him licking his best friend's protruding knee bone post-skateboard accident. Afterward, at the hospital, he "assists" in a delivery and uses his teeth to cut the umbilical cord.

Before he makes a complete waste of his life (and the movie), he's saved by Betty (Marisa Coughlan), an amateur rocket scientist who inspires Gord to follow his dreams and make his daddy proud.

While it remains questionable if anyone has this much love for their child, Green fans will no doubt be pleased to see an amped-up version of his TV show. Otherwise, the average filmgoer whose idea of raunchy is "Meet the Parents" or "There's Something About Mary" should look away before it's too late.

`Freddy Got Fingered'

Starring Tom Green, Rip Torn and Marisa Coughlan

Directed by Tom Green

Rated R (crude, sexual and bizarre humor, strong language)

Released by Twentieth Century Fox

Running time 93 minutes

Sun score: *

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