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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

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

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Once, he was on top of the world as a popular child actor on TV. Now, he's Hollywood's punchline about everything wrong with people who were famous as children. All Dickie Roberts wants to do is find that one gig that will restore his honor and everyone's love of him, so after learning that Rob Reiner's making an ambitious new movie destined to sweep the Oscars, Dickie's first in line to audition. He walks out having learned he certainly looks the part but can't act it... yet, owing to his very unusual childhood. To research the role, Dickie embarks on a bizarre scheme to live with a suburban family to see how the average American child lives, having them put him up as their "son". But once his gloves are off, Dickie discovers how great it is to be part of a true family, and whether he gets the part or not, his attempt at method acting will certainly change his life forever. Written by ApprehensiveSpaghetti

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

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Comedy

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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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Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$22,734,486 (USA) (21 November 2003)
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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 »

Goofs

Grace Finney gets mad at Dickie for saying "crap" at the dinner table, yet minutes later she is fine with Sally saying that the tree house is "old and crappy". See more »

Quotes

Bully: Hey!
Dickie Roberts: Hey? Don't you mean "Oink"?
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About 30 former child stars sing "Child Stars On Your Television" a la "We Are The World". See more »

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References Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) See more »

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True Hollywood Story
Courtesy of E! Entertainment Television
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Nostalgic fun
11 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A silly comedy starring David Spade as a former child star who "hires" a family in order to give himself a real childhood experience so he can nab a new part in a Rob Reiner movie. The premise is as silly as you can get but it does have some fun injokes involving quite a number of former child actors from the 70s and 80s which is great fun for tv nostalgia buffs.. Pleasant enough comedy. GRADE: C


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