F.R.E.D.I. (2019) Review
Published on May 19, 2019
February 18, 2019
A cute and friendly robot named 'F.R.E.D.I.' is helped by three friends to evade an evil corporation and find her way back to her creator before she falls into the wrong hands.
Appearing on Reddit over a DVD cover quote wasn’t on my bucket list of things to do before I’m 40, but in the decade where everyone’s a critic it was inevitable at some point and I have 'F.R.E.D.I.' to blame for that minor scandal. Hopefully the user behind the post has gone away to research the existence of triple-barrelled names!
'F.R.E.D.I.' is a coming-of-age Sci-Fi comedy that follows the life of teenager James Nash, played by Lucius Hoyos (Heroes Reborn), and his discovery of a robot named F.R.E.D.I. (voiced by Candace Cameron Bure). We are quickly introduced to Danny (Reid Miller) and Natalie (Casimere Jollette) when all three come together to help F.R.E.D.I. find her way back to her creator, Dr. Palmer (Kelly Hu) and evade an evil corporation trying to capture F.R.E.D.I. for darker intentions. Yes, we are dealing with a movie where time has stood still and every corner of your metaphysical mental space is invaded with 90s childhood nostalgia.
F.R.E.D.I., the lovable robot, is a cross section of 'WALL-E' meets 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' in respect to the film’s conception and the robot’s interaction with its core lead characters. Much of the harsh criticism aimed at the film has predictably been directed at the movie’s childlike qualities and unoriginality, but this fish-out-of-water tale is still a juicy one for the younger audience it’s appealing to since they can keenly relate to the characters. The movie clearly prides itself on being wholesome for the entire family with its overall theme being that technology should be used for good, not for evil. It’s cute and lightweight, so if you’re a twenty-something wanting a little more edge or a kids’ film with adult in-jokes you will be woefully disappointed!
"The movie clearly prides itself on being wholesome for the entire family with its overall theme being that technology should be used for good, not for evil."
'F.R.E.D.I.' is an early 90s throwback with all the traditional trappings that made Nickelodeon’s 'Cousin Skeeter', 'Space Cases' and 'The Secret World of Alex Mack' runaway hits, but it manages judiciously to take its own turns and
update the theme. Those of us who grew up with those live-action Nick shows will almost definitely find something endearing thanks to 'F.R.E.D.I.' holding the retro appeal. The rest of you probably won’t, but after all, this is a kids’ movie!
'F.R.E.D.I.' most definitely stretches the realm of believability and the villains are without doubt the dumbest criminals in existence, but this is a film that targets the PG market, which makes it an ideal retreat and the perfect family movie. Get the popcorn at the ready, pour something fizzy and enjoy! 'F.R.E.D.I.' won’t change your life but it will for sure keep the rugrats occupied while you cook the Sunday lunch.