Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  9 September 2011 (USA)
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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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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:

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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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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 »


Dick Shadow: Nothing grows in my crotch shade. Nothing.
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References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) See more »


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Light hearted enjoyment
6 September 2013 | by (Soth Africa) – See all my reviews

Me and my GF watched this on cable last night and we both enjoyed the experience. Light hearted and positive we found it a restated belief in humankind. The shattering of stereotypes and the inclusive nature of the storyline was refreshing. The fact that men masturbate was not dodged or hinted it was an obvious fact and even in a group scene was not reflected as homo-erotic just as being a natural.

I particularly liked the way the parent/son relationship was portrayed. Mom and Pop, even though they had starred in porno back in the day, came across as loving proud parents and Bucky had obviously embraced good social values.

The normalization of the porn industry was well handled and yet the essential goodness of faithfulness was also brought to the fore.

All in all an amusing evening and the enjoyment of seeing some sensitive issues handled with a deft touch. Hats off to everybody involved.

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