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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

 -  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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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

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

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

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5 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$321,157 (Australia) (20 February 2004)
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The crew built an actual treehouse in the back yard of the house used for the exterior scenes of the Finney's home. The real homeowners liked it so much, they requested that the producers to leave it up after filming. See more »

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At the end of Heather Bolan's audition, her hands are in her hair. She is shown from behind, and she puts her arms down. When she is shown from the front, she puts her arms down again. See more »

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Dustin DiamondCorey FeldmanBarry Williams: Brick wall, waterfall, Danny thinks he's got it all. But he don't, and we do, so boom with that attitude or Reese's Pieces, Seven-Up, mess with us, we'll mess you up!
Sally Finney: Cut! That was *so* good!
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Sally Finney: They're driving me *crazy*!
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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 »

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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Glimmer Gang Theme Song
Music and Lyrics by Tom Ashton
Performed by Tom Ashton, Dina Kay, Claysey Everett and Thomas J. Wendling
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Spades' worst movie to date
6 March 2004 | by (Rockland) – See all my reviews

David Spades' worse movie by far. I am a fan of his, he is funny and versatile. This movie sucks so bad though that it is painful to watch. It is uninspired, stupid, boring and a total waste of time. Spade reads his lines in this movie like he's half asleep, as if he knows how bad the movie is and can't wait to get it over with. There are literally not five funny lines in the whole thing. The premise of using washed up has been child actors could of worked well, had it been done right. It was not done right.

One tip off that this movie would suck was that John Lovitz was in it. Is it just me or is that guy just not funny? Well he's not funny in this movie either. In fact the whole cast is not funny. A poor attempt, uninspired, waste of good film.


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