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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  »

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Box Office

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,660,540, 7 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,734,486, 23 November 2003
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The scene where Dickie Roberts and the two children are getting ready to set up the slip n' slide Dickie says that the water reminds him of a Stephen King movie . Rob Reiner not only plays himself but was also the director for Stand by Me and Misery which were based on novels and short stories written by Stephen King. See more »

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When Dickie is taking pictures in his pants, he moves the camera around but the flash does not move. See more »

Quotes

Dickie Roberts: That's a great idea! Not only is she sexy she's a smart Mommy!
Grace Finney: Why did that compliment almost make me puke?
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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 Good Times (1974) See more »

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Le Freak
by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers
Performed by Chic
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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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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