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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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Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star  »

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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Trivia

The rabbit incident is based on an oft-repeated 20th-century urban legend. See more »

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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

Sally Finney: Dickie, you promised to help me with my pep squad tryouts.
Dickie Roberts: Oh, I will. That pep squad spot's got your name all over it. Did I ever tell you I was a backup dancer for Vanilla Ice?
Sam Finney: [laughs] No way!
Dickie Roberts: Oh, yeah, I owe him a call.
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At the very end of the credits, David Spade can be heard in voice-over, talking directly to the audience. Among other things, he encourages moviegoers to abandon their trash in their seats, and accuses someone in the audience of farting (then admits it was he). See more »

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References Saved by the Bell (1989) See more »

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The Christmas Song
Written by Robert Wells (as Bob Wells) and Mel Tormé
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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a truly funny film with heart
7 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have just finished seeing this film and it was hilarious! This truly a funny film with a heart. David Spade is at his best here protraying Dickie Roberts,a former child star,who wants so desperately to get back into the spotlight! I was suprized how the film,although funny,had a bit of sadness to it.We get to understand what these young stars,who grew up in a hollywood dreamland,go through. The love that was once there is now gone. There are some cool gems in this film that Spade and Company use flawlessly to make this flick a real winner in my opinion. All in all, it is worth the money I forked out for it!No regrets. In fact,I'm going to see it again! Go see it.It's a very entertaining film! p.s.

Some of the scenes are filmed right here in MOnrovia,CA!!! It was surreal,almost,being in the movie theater and seeing it up screen at the same time!! Waaay COOOOL!!!


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