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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.

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Drop Dead Fred, Ate De Jong, Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher

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