Drop Dead Fred
Directed by Ate De Jong. Starring Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher. (1991, PG-13, 103 min.)
REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., May 31, 1991
It's a cute idea, I suppose, about a grown woman whose imaginary childhood friend called Drop Dead Fred returns when her adult problems are at their bleakest creating all kinds of mayhem and mischief and chaos and fun -- and along the way helps our heroine self-actualize and become a more centered human being. But somewhere between conception and execution the movie turned sour and most of the cuteness was replaced with venom and malice.