First off, you must know I am an unapologetic Tom Green fan. His admittedly dim humor incites bouts of uncontrollable laughter from me, and to this day, I’m not entirely sure why. On yet another trip to the movies with my father in early 2001, he asked “What would you like to see?” and of course I wanted to see Freddy Got Fingered. He begrudgingly agreed, and we were off to see Tom Green‘s first feature film directorial effort.
On May 3rd, 2001 at the Modesto Brendan 18 theater, we paid $7.75 each for the 7:50 pm showing. The house wasn’t packed, but there were a decent amount of people there relative to how poorly the film did in theaters.
I distinctly remember breaking out into hysterical fits of laughter at the absolutely ridiculous humor on display in the film, feeling it was an accurate feature representation of the humor that Tom Green finds funniest, while walking the thin line of stupidity. I felt he nailed it, laughing throughout as my dad guffawed throughout the whole thing, grimacing at the disgusting humor often.
After the credits rolled, my dad turned to me and said “That is by far the dumbest movie I have ever paid to see.”, to which I replied: “And that’s part of what makes it so damn funny!”, which still pretty much sums up a lot of my feelings on Tom Green and his humor. To this day, whenever we talk of an unhappy situation, my dad still says “It’s like watching Freddy Got Fingered.” Classic.