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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

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A kid from the Midwest moves out to Hollywood in order to follow in his parents footsteps -- and become a porn star.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Antonio (as Nick Turturro)
Dana Goodman ...
Gretchen (as Dana Min Goodman)


Living in small town Iowa, Bucky Larson is a simple minded, uneducated, beaver toothed young man still living with his protective parents, Jeremiah and Debbie Larson. Initially saddened when he is fired from his job as a bagger at a supermarket, he eventually sees it as a sign that he is destined for greatness in some other field. Based on some information he learns, Bucky believes that destiny is to become a porn star, despite he being a virgin and only having recently learned what masturbation is. With his parents' blessing, Bucky hops on a bus to Los Angeles to make it big there as a porn star. He is taken under the wings of a few people in LA. On the professional side, he meets the reigning king of porn, Dick Shadow, who only sees in Bucky a laughing stock. But washed up porn director Miles Deep stumbles across what he sees as an untapped niche market for Bucky's limited talents. Miles has the challenge of trying to convince investors who only see in Bucky the antithesis of porn. ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive crude sexual content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,415,023 (USA) (9 September 2011)


$2,331,318 (USA) (16 September 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Swardson defended Bucky Larson in an October 2011 interview, in which he blamed its poor financial showing on the difficulties of advertising the material: "To promote an R-rated movie, with commercials, with this character, it was just really, really hard. It was hard to get the movie across to people. The trailer in theaters was really tame because we couldn't show any of the insanity, and even if we did it, it wouldn't hit because it had no context. It was just really frustrating." He predicted the film would find more appreciation on DVD. Swardson also dismissed the negative reviews. "I knew the critics were going to bury us because of the acting, how it was written and directed, none of those reviewers was psyched to see Bucky Larson and laugh. They go in with the mentality 'fuck these guys for making another movie.' They go in there to kind of headhunt. It makes me laugh because it's just so embarrassing. It makes them look like such morons." See more »


at 22 minutes in, Bucky is in the bushes, the cookie he's holding changes shape over and over. See more »


Dick Shadow: Nothing grows in my crotch shade. Nothing.
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References Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) See more »


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Yeah, it's pretty bad
19 January 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star" bombed big time when it was released to theaters. It may have been because it was released in the beginning of September, when there are few people going to movie theaters. It may have been because the movie is about the porn industry, which has never been a popular movie topic for mainstream moviegoers. It may have also been because the relentless television commercials for the movie were very annoying. But I think the main reason why it bombed was that the audience smelled it for the stinker that it was. There are no laughs anywhere to be found in the movie, for one thing. But it also has a weird tone, like it was written by a dirty-minded and mean-spirited eight year old. It's not very audience-friendly, to put it mildly. The cast is spirited, but they can do absolutely nothing with the terrible script.

Oh, one more piece of evidence for its badness: The end credits for this 2011 release list a 2010 copyright, suggesting that Columbia Pictures didn't know what to do with the movie for quite some time.

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