Drop Dead Fred

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Drop Dead Fred woof! 1991 (PG-13)

As a little girl, Lizzie Cronin had a manic, imaginary friend named Fred, who protected her from her domineering mother. When her husband dumps her 20 years later, Fred returns to “help” as only he can. Although the cast is fine, incompetent writing and direction make this a truly dismal affair. Plus, gutter humor and mean-spirited pranks throw the whole “heart-warming” premise out the window. Filmed in Minneapolis. 103m/C VHS, DVD . Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Tim Matheson, Marsha Mason, Carrie Fisher, Daniel Gerroll, Ron Eldard; D: Ate De Jong; W: Carlos Davis, Anthony Fingle-ton; M: Randy Edelman.