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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:
Miriam Flynn ...
Mario Joyner ...
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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Matt Fisher loves this movie 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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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Jack and Jill (2013) See more »


Here It Goes Again
Written by Damian Kulash (as Damian Joseph Kulash Jr.)
Performed by OK Go
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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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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