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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  »

Box Office

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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

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 »

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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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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 Scarface (1983) See more »

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Tree House Disco
by Bryan Bonwell, Frank Toddy Wintrey, Athoas Brown and Sherwin Charles
Performed by Larry Blouin and Natasha Barr
Produced by I-Roc and Athoas Brown
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The review do not do this film justice
7 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to the sharp criticism of this film by multiple critics as a poor attempt at comedy with an absurd plot, I found this film to be delightfully humorous with a great moral for everyone to learn. Just like in Joe Dirt, David Spade really gives this film his best effort in such a way that you leave feeling like you've just been given a boost in life with such a great story. I would definitely recommend you see this movie in the theaters. The ending credits are hilarious as well. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star truly combines tatseful comedy with life lessons that audiences of all ages can truly appreciate.


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