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One Man Saved The Weirdest Movie Of Our Childhood From Oblivion, and We Don't Know If We Should Thank Him

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While we still love the Disney movies we grew up watching, every now and then we needed a little variety.

Actual movies for adults were pretty boring, but there were some great live action comedies that the whole family could enjoy. One of the weirdest (and best) was Drop Dead Fred. The only problem was that once your parents rented this dark, sweary, gross-out comedy once, it could be hard to convince them to pick it up again.

It makes sense that a remake starring Russell Brand was in the works a few years ago, because Lizzie's story in this movie captures the millennial experience pretty well. After losing her car, her job, and her husband, Phoebe Cate's character is forced to move back in with her mom. That's when she rediscovers her childhood imaginary friend, Drop Dead Fred.

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British comic Rik Mayall brought a wacky but edgy spirit to the role, and the only person who could have done it better was Robin Williams (who almost got the part). Tim Burton almost directed the movie too, but probably turned it down because it was so similar to Beetlejuice.

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But if you grew up watching this movie over and over, you might be surprised to learn that it almost didn't get released. It turns out that just one person saved this classic comedy from being lost forever.

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