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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Quotes

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 »

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References My Three Sons (1960) See more »

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The Christmas Song
Written by Robert Wells (as Bob Wells) and Mel Tormé
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Hilarious flick, Spade's best
6 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie is hilarious from beginning to end. Imagine, a Hollywood movie that shows how RIDICULOUS Hollywood is! Spade is terrific, the 'child star' has beens are wonderful and likable in spoofing their own careers. You've got to respect that.

Mary McCormack is both beautiful and very funny in the 'straight role' of the movie. I'd love to see her do more comedy. Did I mention that she is very easy on the eyes? The dude who plays her husband and Dickie's 'father' is hilarious too. His name escapes me. Not many lines, but stole scenes. A confident Spade seemed to let him do that, the sign of a good comedic actor is that HE doesn't have to get all the good lines.

The kids are endearing. The 'stunts' (ie bike crashes) are phenomenal.

Like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, he plays that goofy guy who's missing it on most cylinders, but you can't help rooting for.

That's a guy I want in any comedy I see. The underachieving underdog who figures it out in the end and makes good. Spade is terrific at playing that role - and in Dickie Roberts - he's at his best.


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