117 user 74 critic

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 5 September 2003 (USA)
2:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

A thirty-something former child star hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had.


1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Joe Dirt (2001)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents.

Director: Dennie Gordon
Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard children baseball squads.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: David Spade, Jon Heder, Rob Schneider
Black Sheep (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

When happy family man Joe Dirt finds himself transported to the recent past, he begins an epic journey to get back to his loved ones in the present.

Director: Fred Wolf
Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Christopher Walken
Tommy Boy (1995)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy
Animation | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Davey Stone, an alcoholic with a criminal record, is sentenced to community service under the supervision of an elderly referee. Davey is then faced with trying to reform and abandon his bad habits.

Director: Seth Kearsley
Stars: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jackie Sandler
Grandma's Boy (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A 35 year old video game tester has to move in with his grandma and her two old lady roommates.

Director: Nicholaus Goossen
Stars: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones
Airheads (1994)
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ refuses to play them.

Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An average aquarium cleaner house-sits for a gigolo, only to be forced to become one himself.

Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Rob Schneider, William Forsythe, Eddie Griffin
Club Dread (2004)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When a serial killer interrupts the fun at the swanky Coconut Pete's Coconut Beach Resort--a hedonistic island paradise for swingers--it's up to the club's staff to stop the violence...or at least hide it.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Bill Paxton, Kevin Heffernan
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A man tries to rescue a woman with a little help from his half brother.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin Shou
Mr. Deeds (2002)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro


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


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 »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



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)


$22,734,486 (USA) (21 November 2003)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Grace Finney gets mad at Dickie for saying "crap" at the dinner table, yet minutes later she is fine with Sally saying that the tree house is "old and crappy". See more »


Dickie Roberts: Whoa! You ever have such a bad wipeout you don't even feel it?
Sam Finney: That wasn't one of them!
See more »

Crazy Credits

About 30 former child stars sing "Child Stars On Your Television" a la "We Are The World". See more »


References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey (as Tyrone Kersey)
Performed by The Hit Crew
Courtesy of Turn Up the Music, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

You'd be surprised...
6 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

You'd be surprise if I told you that Dickie Roberts: Childhood... was the best movie of the summer. Though for a comedy to obtain such an honor is rare and really never heard of. This is why Dicky Roberts.. is not going to outlast Terminator 3, Tomb Raider.. etc. However, Dickie Roberts:Childhood... was probably the best movie out this summer. It's not flawless nor stupid (dumb and dumber); however it is entertaining and when you are out of the movies you will be reciting the lines. This usually means you have enjoyed and you have been entertained. I would recommend this movie even if you hate Spade. Here is what some critics are saying. Seattle Post-Intelligencer William Arnold "...a slightly better-than-average David Spade summer comedy..." Atlanta Journal-Constitution Bob Townsend "...often funny, but just as often ham-fisted..."

Bottom line go see the movie.... 6.889/10

8 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
we've had worst lines....how bout favourite lines?? WeirdlyRolo
Favourite Child Star baby_doll126
This movie sucked! ComedicChaos2
Heather Bolan's Tryout Song! A_Stray_Child
David Spade's eyeliner... yourchambermaid
Song Lyrics bj_in_ohio
Discuss Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: