15 Ways ‘Drop Dead Fred’ Remains A Classic 25 Years On

Drop Dead Fred was one of the weirdest kids’ films of the nineties. The 12-rated comedy started with a little kid branding her mother’s bedtime story “a pile of shit” and ended with another little girl living her twisted imagined daydreams with the titular green-clad madman played by Rik Mayall. It appeared to be an air-headed slapstick comedy film about nothing in particular, but really it was about self-respect and the courage it takes to be alone – not that it always expressed itself in the most coherent terms. Still, rewatching it today is a nostalgia trip: here’s everything that makes it a classic, 25 years on from its release.
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1. It had Rik Mayall on impressively hyperactive form

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2. It taught us how to deal with being an adult IRL in a very honest way

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The whole lunch scene is gold, actually.

3. It was unapologetically weird

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4. Properly, educationally weird

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5. It brought us Snotface

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It took Snotface until literally 15 minutes before the end of the film to realise that Charles was a terrible, terrible human being.

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6. It had this hilarious nurse in it



And she said things like, “I’ve got a black belt and I can break you like that.”

7. It had, like, come-the-fuck-on levels of ’90s awfulness

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Why is a 5-year-old girl’s imaginary friend doing this all the time?

8. But the hair, though!

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Everyone, meet Proto-Jedward

9. And the inherent ridiculousness of it all

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Thank you, Carrie Fisher, for your improbably credible portrayal of a best friend being totally ok with the destruction of her home and livelihood.

10. The crazily bitchy mother, aka Megabitch

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All she wanted was her daughter’s love

11. The lame slapstick we loved as kids

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Especially the bit with the toga

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Classic.

12. The faces

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13. The anti-kids-filmness of it all, generally

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There was even a good bit of swearing from the kid

14. Its emotional twists and turns

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15. And despite all that crazed energy, its human heart

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