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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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$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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Fred Wolf and David Spade originally wrote a skit in the '90s for Saturday Night Live (1975) about a child star rampage, spoofing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), for when Macaulay Culkin was hosting, but it was cut. The idea was later pitched for The WB, but they turned it down. It was eventually totally rewritten and turned into this movie, originally written as a dark comedy with more references to drug use by child stars. See more »

Goofs

At the end of Heather Bolan's audition, her hands are in her hair. She is shown from behind, and she puts her arms down. When she is shown from the front, she puts her arms down again. See more »

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Dickie Roberts: Good night, prudes. Go have your G rated dreams. Prude filled dreams. Dream the dream of prudes. Prude...
Sam Finney: Go to sleep Dickie!
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Crazy Credits

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 The Emperor's New Groove (2000) See more »

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Son Sueños
by David Barragan and Christophe Beck
Performed by David Barragan
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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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