Article first published as Movie Review: Fred: The Movie on Blogcritics.
“My time is now!” – Fred Figglehorn
No quote was ever more truer than this one. After making millions of people laugh out loud (or cringe from the high pitched voice), internet sensation Fred has made it to the small screen in his first ever Nicklelodeon movie.
Fred Figglehorn (Lucas Cruikshank) is a typical 15-year-old with an incredibly high pitched voice and a set of similar shirts in his drawer. He likes to sing and dance, which Fred feels are his top talents. Fred is also incredibly obsessed with fellow classmate and next door neighbor Judy (Pixie Lot), whom he follows ever day after school and (falsely) is his girlfriend. Standing in his way is another neighbor, Kevin (Jake Weary), who undermines Fred’s confidence at every turn.
One day in music class Fred sees Kevin and Judy singing a duet of “Love will Keep Us Together,” and firmly believes that Judy was upset at Kevin’s horrible performance. In order to save her, Fred decides to march over to her house and invite her over to sing with him, that way she can harmonize with a talented partner. After a confrontation with Kevin, Fred finally makes it to Judy’s, only to find out that she has moved, setting him off on a cross city journey to rescue her.
One has to hand it to Cruikshank. In the world of youtube, where anyone can be a “star,” he managed to create a truly unique character. Aging Fred from six to 15 is a bit jarring at first, but Cruikshank manages to keep all his quirks in tact: the screaming, the inflated sense of ego, as well as the crippling anxiety. We truly believe Cruikshank is Fred, and for that matter Derf (an alter ego of sorts), and forget that he is an actor playing a role.
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