It's the final year of high school for graduating senior, David Easter. But when a strange, new teacher comes up with an idea to extend senior year by adding a 13th grade, David & his group... See full summary »
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
Fred Wolf and David Spade originally wrote a skit in the '90s for Saturday Night Live (1975) about a child star rampage, spoofing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for when Macaulay Culkin was hosting, but it was cut. The idea was later pitched for The WB, but they turned it down. It was eventually totally rewritten and turned into this movie, originally written as a dark comedy with more references to drug use by child stars. See more »
Dickie is not wearing his gloves while he is making fun of Sam's bullies. It is not until several minutes later in the movie that Gracy Finney convinces him to get rid of his gloves permanently. See more »
[while talking to an overweight woman]
What? Cat got your tongue or did you eat that for breakfast too?
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About 30 former child stars sing "Child Stars On Your Television" a la "We Are The World". See more »
I swear it was great, and I have no connection to this production.
It was a hot day and I decided to hit a movie. "Dickie Roberts" just happened to start at the right time for me. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Great script, perfectly cast (especially the kids) and it was really kinda heartwarming.
If you're a pop culture nut, you'll get a big kick outta seeing all the former child stars in the poker scene and then again at the end (stay for the credits).
Spade completely pulls it off. Lovitz is his usual outstanding (but then again I'm a big Lovitz fan).
Go see it. C'mon, go ahead.
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