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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:
Michael Buffer
Dickie's Corner Man
Emmanuel's Entourage (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Emmanuel's Entourage
Brian Clark ...
Guy in Car


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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alyssa Milano, who plays Dickie's girlfriend, is also a former child actress. 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 »


Dickie Roberts: May I help you? Was I being too loud in my treeehouse?
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Crazy Credits

About 30 former child stars sing "Child Stars On Your Television" a la "We Are The World". See more »


References Family Ties (1982) See more »


Natural High
by Charles McCormick
Performed by Bloodstone
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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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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