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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  5 September 2003 (USA)
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A thirty-something former child star hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Slayton ...
Michael Buffer
Dickie's Corner Man
Emmanuel's Entourage (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Emmanuel's Entourage
Brian Neal Clark ...
Guy in Car (as Brian Clark)


TV child star of the '70s, Dickie Roberts is now 35 and parking cars. Craving to regain the spotlight, he auditions for a role of a normal guy, but the director quickly sees he is anything but normal. Desperate to win the part, Dickie hires a family to help him replay his childhood and assume the identity of an average, everyday kid. Several folk who are also involved in Dickie's special world include: Sidney, Dickie's longtime friend and agent; Cyndi, his on-again, off-again girlfriend; Peggy, Dickie's real mother; George, Dickie's adopted father figure; and Grace, his adopted mother figure. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


50 million people used to watch him on TV. Now he washes their cars.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,660,540 (USA) (5 September 2003)


$321,157 (Australia) (20 February 2004)

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This movie is about a washed up child star, trying to revive his career. It features Emmanuel Lewis, Maureen McCormick, Danny Bonaduce, Dustin Diamond, Barry Williams, Corey Feldman, Butch Patrick, Erin Moran, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Adam Rich, Jeremy Miller, Leif Garrett, Ernest Thomas, Tony Dow, Haywood Nelson, Corey Haim, Barry Livingston, Todd Bridges, Fred Berry, Gary Coleman, and Alyssa Milano, all former child actors. Two on-screen mothers of child actors are also featured: Marion Ross and Florence Henderson. See more »


When Mr. Reiner is driving out of the parking lot before he gets attacked, the passenger-side window is down. Moments later, it is up. See more »


Dickie Roberts: When I was your age, I did whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.
Sally Finney: See, that might be why you're such a mess now.
Dickie Roberts: Oh. How dare you!
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At the very end of the credits, David Spade can be heard in voice-over, talking directly to the audience. Among other things, he encourages moviegoers to abandon their trash in their seats, and accuses someone in the audience of farting (then admits it was he). See more »


References The Lost Boys (1987) See more »


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I loved this movie!
6 September 2003 | by (IL) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie last night and really enjoyed it! I laughed out loud many times and the story was really sweet. David Spade is hilarious in this movie and really made it work. Go see it! Oh, and the final song with former child stars will leave you laughing long after you leave the theater!

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