By Alan Ng | September 17, 2019

James lets Danny on the F.R.E.D.I. secret and now must keep it hidden. He doesn’t want to leave it alone at home, so James brings it to school. Soon weird things happen at school and attract the attention of evil businessman Grant, who wants to use F.R.E.D.I. for dastardly purposes. The two must set things right and find Dr. Palmer to get answers about F.R.E.D.I. And on the softer side, James must also have a deep, honest conversation with James’ father, and then impress a girl.

Let’s start with what is this film FREDI. It’s a light action-adventure for the tween and pre-teen audience and leans heavily into making the kid the hero in a very adult situation as well as his friendship with the robot and being able to perform cool superhero-like tricks as a pair. Moral lines are pretty obvious. The good guys are good, and the bad guys are bad.

“…a good film for the future robotics engineer you may have in your home…”

If you’re a kid or have pre-teen kids and everything you’ve read sounds appealing to them, then FREDI is for you. A solid story for the age range, fantastic acting from the kids and veteran actors, particularly Kelly Hu, and some not-so-bad effects.

This is me being positive because I’m clearly not the intended audience. While I have a tween of my own, she’s more into fantasy than science fiction. So that narrows the audience even more. There are no inherent flaws with FREDI, but its story and characters don’t quite stand out from the pack with similar films. E.T. is the high standard and FREDI feels more appropriate for cable television than on the big screen. Though, you could have swapped F.R.E.D.I. with an alien, lost dog, or invisible friend, and you could tell the same story with the same depth.

FREDI is a good film for the future robotics engineer you may have in your home, now playing Minecraft. If I were to imagine what my pre-teen self might have thought, I guess I would like the robot stuff. F.R.E.D.I. itself is a combination of a practically built robot and computer animation and fun to watch, but then F.R.E.D.I. is no R2-D2.

FREDI (2018)

Directed: Sean Olson

Written: Kat Olson, Sean Olson, Lee Schneller, Johnny Remo

Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Lucius Hoyos, Reid Miller, Casimere Jollette, Kelly Hu, etc.

Movie score: 6.5/10


"…a whimsical story of a boy and his robot."

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  1. Joseph says:

    They need a f.r.e.d.i 2

  2. LW says:

    Being a parent is more difficult these days and enjoyable movies for your kids that are well done and not stupid are hard to find. Please continue this story without making it silly. Thank you.

  3. Kate says:

    What happened to the sequel that was supposed to come out in September 2019?

  4. Geo says:

    I just wached it with my son and it was very good. Looking forward for the sequel!

  5. Gee Gee says:

    Please make FREDI 2. Don’t be like others by stopping before finished

  6. Lily R says:

    I loved this movie. I love Candace Cameron Bures Bruce for this robot. Totally cute. Reminds me of ET bond, mixed with WAL-E, etc.

  7. A SOMEONE says:

    Just watched F.R.E.D.I. tonight and it was awesome! The end leaves me wondering if there is a FREDI 2?

  8. Nancy Tobar says:

    I loved the movie FREDI is there a part 2

  9. Ollie says:

    I loved the film but I want to know if there is a sequel because it left it on a cliff hanger.

  10. Justin white says:

    If there is no fredi 2 I will never watch another show or movie until it comes out because that movie was so good and it left on a cliff hanger and apparently there is not going to be a fredi 2 So if they new there wasn’t going to be a fredi 2 then why is there a cliff hanger.

  11. Abel Raymond says:

    Wow ….I really love this movie ,pleas we need the second part If there is none I am gonna cry

  12. Adylen Mendoza says:

    This movie is amazing…so if there is no second movie I’ll cry till I have no more tears 😭 it’s really good I wish I would of created something like that ✌🏼

  13. Valentine says:

    It’s a very good film and a number two should be created because there aren’t many films about robots and the story is really well done.

  14. Helen says:

    This movie was great for everyone of all ages… is there going to be a sequel?

  15. Jake says:

    We want fredi number two really good movie for kids and adults

  16. Michael Barton says:

    I just finished watching this movie and really liked it.
    It is a good movie with surprises around the corner .
    What I would like to know is there another f.r.e.d.i. movie in the works because the audience was left.with a cliff hanger in the end !

  17. Jim Allen says:

    I think this is a really good movie. The young actors and actresses are very talented and deserving of more than just a pat on the back. This is a very good movie for the entire family and I for one will gladly give it a five star rating. Fact is, I would like to know that there is a part 2 and if so or in the making, when is its release date? I want it!!

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