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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Slayton ...
Michael Buffer
Dickie's Corner Man
Emmanuel's Entourage (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Emmanuel's Entourage
Brian Neal Clark ...
Guy in Car (as Brian Clark)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


50 million people used to watch him on TV. Now he washes their cars.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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


When Grace puts the cereal box in front of Dickie, she puts it where he would get it with his left hand. When he gets the cereal box, it's placed where he picks it up with his right hand. See more »


Dustin DiamondCorey FeldmanBarry Williams: Brick wall, waterfall, Danny thinks he's got it all. But he don't, and we do, so boom with that attitude or Reese's Pieces, Seven-Up, mess with us, we'll mess you up!
Sally Finney: Cut! That was *so* good!
[turns around and whispers]
Sally Finney: They're driving me *crazy*!
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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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I swear it was great, and I have no connection to this production.
5 September 2003 | by (Fountain Valley, CA) – See all my reviews

It was a hot day and I decided to hit a movie. "Dickie Roberts" just happened to start at the right time for me. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Great script, perfectly cast (especially the kids) and it was really kinda heartwarming.

If you're a pop culture nut, you'll get a big kick outta seeing all the former child stars in the poker scene and then again at the end (stay for the credits).

Spade completely pulls it off. Lovitz is his usual outstanding (but then again I'm a big Lovitz fan).

Go see it. C'mon, go ahead.

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