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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star -- After learning that his parents were porn stars in the 1970s, a nerdy guy (Swardson) leaves his home in northern Iowa for Hollywood, hoping to follow in their footsteps. He's taken in by a down-and-out director (Johnson) who sees a bright future for him and the kid.
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Release Date:
9 September 2011 (USA) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Nick Swardson ... Bucky Larson

Christina Ricci ... Kathy McGee

Don Johnson ... Miles Deep

Stephen Dorff ... Dick Shadow

Ido Mosseri ... J. Day

Kevin Nealon ... Gary

Edward Herrmann ... Jeremiah Larson
Miriam Flynn ... Debbie Larson
Mario Joyner ... Claudio

Tyler Spindel ... Jimmy

Meredith Giangrande ... Blueberry

Nicholas Turturro ... Antonio (as Nick Turturro)

Mary Pat Gleason ... Marge

Jackie Sandler ... Casting Director

Dana Goodman ... Gretchen (as Dana Min Goodman)

Curtis Armstrong ... Clint

Mike O'Connell ... Rory (as Michael O' Connell)

Brandon Hardesty ... Lars

Adam Herschman ... Dale

Pauly Shore ... AFA Emcee

Beverly Polcyn ... Mrs. Bozobop
Gene Pompa ... Tomas

Julia Lea Wolov ... Autograph Lady
Brandon Cournoyer ... Autograph Man (Allen)

Jonathan Loughran ... Bondage Guy

Keegan-Michael Key ... Guinness Man

Tembi Locke ... Guiness Woman

Owen Benjamin ... Production Assistant
Selma Stern ... Elderly Woman

Raf Mauro ... Chop Restaurant Owner
Henry T. Yamada ... Vietnamese Henchman

Kelvin Han Yee ... Vietnamese Boss
John Kirk ... Commercial Producer
Hans Molenkamp ... Bouncer

Kelsey Crane ... Hot Sushi Waitress

Peter Dante ... Dante
Monty Hoffman ... Eddie / Distributor

Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Dimitri / Distributor (as Pasha Lychnikoff)

Joey Diaz ... German Guy / Distributor (as Joey Coco Diaz)
Payman Benz ... Chop Restaurant Valet
J.D. Donaruma ... Sound Guy
Shane Ralston ... Key Grip
Chris Titone ... Prop Guy

Jesse Jane ... AFA Presenter

Kirsten Berman ... AFA Presenter

Robert Harvey ... AFA Presenter

Danni Katz ... AFA Presenter

Danny A. Abeckaser ... AFA Presenter (as Danny Abeckaser)

Lindsay Gareth ... AFA Presenter
Michael Bernardi ... AFA Presenter
Darrin Lackey ... AFA Presenter

Samantha Schacher ... AFA Presenter
Jennifer Perkins ... AFA Presenter

Kevin Brief ... Iowa Father

Marcus Demian ... Old Man with Pig
Mario Sellitti ... Chewbacca

Rick Williamson ... Iowa Farmer

Bryan Anthony ... Gay Guy Dancing
Dominique Kelley ... Gay Guy Dancing

Vanessa Villalovos ... Claudio's Girl (as Vanessa Nicole Villalovos)

Eros Mendoza ... J. Day's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Trevor Brunsink ... Hooker

Vernon Courteaux ... Porn Producer

Jimmy Fallon ... Jimmy Fallon

Angelina Armani ... Hot Tub Girl (uncredited)

David Astone ... Porn star (uncredited)

Anya Avaeva ... Poster Model (uncredited)

Allen Covert ... Pornstore Clerk (uncredited)

Gregory George Frank ... Producer (uncredited)

Tara Gerard ... Dick Shadow's Girl (uncredited)

Xango Henry ... Porn Merchant (uncredited)

Zebulun Huling ... Porn Star (uncredited)
A.D. Massi ... Young Jeremiah (uncredited)

David E. Newham ... Porn Star (uncredited)
Christine Nguyen ... Girl in Photoshoot (uncredited)

Mr. Snake ... Mobster (uncredited)
Matthew L. Sobel ... Porn Star (uncredited)

Tabitha Taylor ... AFA Presenter (uncredited)

Danielle Vasinova ... Babydoll (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Brady 
Writing credits
Adam Sandler (written by) &
Allen Covert (written by) &
Nick Swardson (written by)

Produced by
Allen Covert .... producer
Betsy Danbury .... co-producer
David Dorfman .... producer
Jack Giarraputo .... producer
Adam Sandler .... producer
Nick Swardson .... producer
Original Music by
Waddy Wachtel 
Cinematography by
Michael Barrett 
Film Editing by
Jason Gourson 
Casting by
Lisa London 
Catherine Stroud 
Production Design by
Dina Lipton 
Set Decoration by
Halina Siwolop 
Costume Design by
Mary Jane Fort 
Makeup Department
Samantha Ashcraft .... special makeup effects artist
Raqueli Dahan .... makeup artist
Debra-Lee Davidson .... additional makeup artist
Jamie Leigh DeVilla .... key makeup artist
Robert Hall .... special makeup designer: Almost Human, Inc
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker
Annette Lorant .... makeup artist
Veronica Lorenz .... makeup artist
Erik Porn .... special makeup effects supervisor: for Almost Human Inc.
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... makeup department head
Kelvin R. Trahan .... hair department head
Production Management
Betsy Danbury .... production manager
Don J. Hug .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Moran .... first assistant director: second unit
James Moran .... second assistant director
Art Department
Doug Anderson .... lead plasterer
Rachel Block .... art department coordinator
Joshua Cheek .... assistant property master
Glenn Forbes .... assistant property master
Eric A. Hulett .... buyer
Kenneth Jensen .... general foreman
Jim C. Johnson .... leadman
Mark Kelly .... assistant property master
Canyon Martens .... set dresser
King Orba .... property master (as Mark Wallace)
Tomas Sallvin .... construction coordinator
Andrew Settle .... set dresser
Scott Schutzki .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Brian Corral .... production sound trainee
Ron Fremstad .... utility sound
John Hays .... boom operator
Joe Iemola .... sound editor
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist
David Parker .... sound mixer (second unit)
Clayton Weber .... supervising foley editor
Elmo Weber .... sound re-recording mixer
Elmo Weber .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Dennis Dion .... special effects coordinator
Dalton Kutsch .... special effects studio technician: Almost Human, Inc
Ryan Senecal .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Ed L. Anderson .... digital compositor
George Cawood .... creative director
Lujan Decima .... visual effects artist
Brandon Del Nero .... visual effects coordinator
Geoff Leavitt .... visual effects supervisor
Richard Servello .... digital compositor
Gary Guercio .... stunt coordinator
Casey O'Neill .... stunts
Greg Reynolds .... stunt double
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Matthew Taylor .... stunt double
Eugene Collier .... stunt double: mario joyner (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ales .... still photographer
Pete Asidilla .... dolly grip
John Beran .... rigging key grip
Kirk Bloom .... camera: "a" camera
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera
Russell Caldwell .... gaffer
David A. Canning .... digital imaging technician
Ryan Carnahan .... rigging grip
Jack Chouchanian .... key grip
Joe Chouchanian .... best boy grip
Tulio Duenas .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator: "b" camera
Frank Endewardt .... lighting technician
Sarah Galley .... camera production assistant
Brian Hartley .... best boy set lighting
Ami Howard .... loader
Michael E. Jacobson .... set videographer
Kris Krosskove .... camera operator
David Luckenbach .... camera operator
Diego Mariscal .... b dolly grip
Ryan Nelson .... grip
Bryce Shields .... video assist
Kevin Tiesiera .... lighting technician
Uriel Uribe .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Lauren Stamm .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Napier .... costumer
Ric Spencer .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Tony D'Amore .... digital intermediate colorist
Allyse Manoff .... digital intermediate producer
Mark Reaser .... hd mastering
J.J. Titone .... second assistant editor
Darin Wooldridge .... additional digital colorist: Technicolor
Music Department
Bryan Bonwell .... music supervisor
Michael Dilbeck .... music supervisor
Kristopher Cho Flagg .... songs
Stuart Grusin .... music editor
Kier Lehman .... music department
Sheri Ozeki .... additional music editor
Steven A. Saltzman .... music editor
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor
Transportation Department
Tammi Abbatoye .... transportation office assistant
Tim Abbatoye .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Spencer Andrews .... stand in: Nick Swardson (as Spencer Jambor)
Philip Banks .... cast assistant: Stephen Dorff
Anna Belaro-Rodriguez .... first assistant accountant
Jerry Carville .... key second assistant accountant
Elena Chernock .... set production assistant
Bill Cleavelin .... stand-in: Nick Swardson
Nicky Craft .... payroll accountant
Miles Crowe .... assistant: Mrs. Danbury
Ricky Cuevas .... production accountant
Casey Dady .... production assistant
Jennifer Dunne .... location manager
Stacy Foot .... production coordinator
Rob Frank .... location manager
Sarah Galley .... production assistant
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator
Ira Goldklang .... legal affairs
Dominique Jaramillo .... set medic
Rob Jepsen .... accounting assistant
Simeon Jones .... additional production assistant
Ben Jordan .... office production assistant
Jeff Ketcham .... assistant: Mr. Covert
Cary Sato Lee .... craft service
Megan Lurty .... production assistant
Joseph Malloch .... production assistant
Michael W. Miliotti .... animal trainer
Leslie A. Morrow .... key assistant location manager
Robert Paulsen .... key assistant location manager
Paul Pawlowski .... post-production accountant
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Michael M. Piehler .... assistant location manager
Charlotte Rapak .... assistant production coordinator
Daniela Rey .... production assistant
Tim Rogers .... set production assistant
Will Ruvalcaba .... key assistant location manager
Tim Seitter .... production assistant
Erin Shelley .... wrangler
Alison R. Smith .... animal trainer
Kori Sparks .... production assistant
Erin Vitali .... cast assistant: Christina Ricci

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Also Known As:
Rated R for pervasive crude sexual content, language and some nudity
USA:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS

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20 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
This should have NEVER been born., 19 January 2012
Author: thomasjwilliams from Kansas City, MO, USA

There is very little to say about Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star other than "I hated it ... I hated ALL of it!" The film is not funny and it is repellent.

I cannot criticize it for being about porn because Boogie Nights was exclusively about the world of porn and I think it was one of the BEST film of the 1990's. Boogie Nights treated its characters as flawed human beings searching for acceptance and a feeling of belonging -- Bucky Larson's characters are all supposed to be laughed at and there are just too many times throughout the movie which had me wanting to rush to the bathroom to vomit as 89% of the film is stomach-churning.

This should pretty-much END the career of anybody involved and I am actually surprised that Adam Sandler's name is attached as both a writer and a producer of this trash (Sandler also gave us Jack and Jill and Just Go With It this year -- the latter film is only saved b/c of the over-the-top performance of the unlikely physical comedienne Nicole Kidman -- so I question whether or not his days are numbered?).

An unfunny-to-me Nick Swardson (Just Go With It, 30 Minutes or Less, Blades of Glory) -- who's career is mostly stand-up comedy -- stars as the grotesquely buck-toothed Bucky Larson (who must've been born with buck-teeth?) who believes he is destined for a glorious career in porn after discovering his parents were au natural (meaning: unshaven, un-waxed, un-spray-tanned, un-fit etc) porn stars of the 1970's. Bucky leaves behind an insulting-to-mid-westerners existence in Iowa (only found in the movies -- he didn't attend high school because his town didn't have one ... whatever), the RIDICULOUSLY-accented Bucky (that is NOT an Iowa accent ... but let's throw-out another stupid laugh at the expense of the heartland) heads to LA where his dreams can come true.

Bucky luckily meets a nice, big-hearted waitress (Christina Ricci - Sleepy Hollow, Penelope, Monster ... and after this is it any wonder she seeked out employment on television as Pan-Am is Oscar-caliber compared to this!) at a random diner who befriends him, finds him a place to live (with crazy-jerk roommate Kevin Nealon - "SNL", "Weeds", Just Go With It) and sets him in the right direction of finding work. Don Johnson (Tin Cup, Machete ... who's short-lived career rebirth must be over) is porn director Miles Deep who sees something "special" in Bucky and decides to exploit the freak (it's explained in the film ... but I don't recommend watching this to figure out the "freak-tag" that has NOTHING to do with his teeth!) and Stephen Dorff (who's stellar "comeback" with the excellent film Somewhere must have been a fluke!!) plays a jealous porn-star rival.

As vulgar and repulsive as this film is, there is surprisingly little flesh on display. It would be difficult to pick-out the worst part of this film as that would pretty-much be the whole thing. Just as impossible would be finding "the best" part. This film isn't bad because it is offensive -- we've had Bridesmaids and two Hangover films -- it is just terrible bad. What works with those 3 films is that they are "equal-opportunity offenders" ... this one -- NOT so much. It is rank and rancid and beyond mere words for criticism. I NEVER want to see something like this again.

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