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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:

$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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When Dickie is getting into the silver Honda Insight, you can see a crew member holding a "bounce card" reflected in the door as it is closed. See more »

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Sidney Wernick: I may have to go to the bathroom every 45 minutes, but at least I get to pee in a gold toilet.
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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 Happy Days (1974) See more »

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Sooner or Later
by Gary Zekley, Mitch Bottler, Ted McNamara, Ekundayo Paris and Adeneyi Paris
Performed by The Grassroots
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Being a child star rocks, it's being an ex child star that stinks
25 August 2007 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I'm going to be up front, I don't like David Spade, I was never much of a fan of his work. But one of the girls I work with mentioned how she saw this movie and that I should see it since I know so much about pop culture, including most child star actors and their history. So I decided to give Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star a chance, what did I have to loose? I have to admit that I actually enjoyed this movie. It had definitely some of the most awesome cameo's that I have ever seen, like Corey Feldman, Dustin Diamond, Danny Bonnoduchi, Barry Williams, it was just awesome to see them playing poker together, that was the best scene. But the whole movie is pretty fun.

Dickie Roberts is a former child star who's life has gone down hill since the sit com that made him a star got cancelled. He wants a comeback, but when the director, Rob Reiner, tells him that he needs a "normal" person, someone who has had a childhood, but Dickie wants the role so badly that he stays with a family to discover what he missed in his childhood. But he ends up with a lot more than he expected when this family may be all he needs.

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is just a fun comedy with average acting, but a cool story. It was pretty unique and I just loved the ending credit sequence of the whole former child star actors singing about their memories and what it's like for them in today's world. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is a cute movie, some things are a bit unbelievable and the love story wasn't really needed, but it's a fun film and I would recommend it if you wanna just have a movie afternoon.

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