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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 5 September 2003 (USA)
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A thirty-something former child star hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had.

Director:

Sam Weisman
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Spade ... Dickie Roberts
Mary McCormack ... Grace Finney
Craig Bierko ... George Finney
Scott Terra ... Sam Finney
Jenna Boyd ... Sally Finney
John Farley ... Referee
Bobby Slayton ... Commentator
Michael Buffer ... Michael Buffer
Fred Wolf ... Dickie's Corner Man
Alyssa Milano ... Cyndi
Emmanuel Lewis ... Himself
Joey Diaz ... Emmanuel's Entourage (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Kevin Grevioux ... Emmanuel's Entourage
Brian Clark Brian Clark ... Guy in Car
Leif Garrett ... Leif Garrett
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

50 million people used to watch him on TV. Now he washes their cars.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,660,540, 7 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,734,486, 23 November 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Co-Writers Fred Wolf and David Spade originally wrote a skit in the 1990s 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 re-written and turned into this movie, originally written as a dark comedy with more references to drug use by child stars. See more »

Goofs

When Dickie is taking pictures in his pants, he moves the camera around but the flash does not move. See more »

Quotes

Dickie Roberts: That's a great idea! Not only is she sexy she's a smart Mommy!
Grace Finney: Why did that compliment almost make me puke?
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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 »

Connections

References Scarface (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Flagpole Sitta
Written by Evan Sult, Sean Nelson, Aaron Huffman and Jeff Lin
Performed by Harvey Danger
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I loved this movie!
6 September 2003 | by nccgirlSee all my reviews

I saw this movie last night and really enjoyed it! I laughed out loud many times and the story was really sweet. David Spade is hilarious in this movie and really made it work. Go see it! Oh, and the final song with former child stars will leave you laughing long after you leave the theater!


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