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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
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3,199 ( 95)
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 ... Self
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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Trivia

EASTER EGG: There are three easter eggs on the Region 1 (U.S.) DVD - all are outtakes. "Left" button once on first selection of second page on the Special Features menu; "Left" once on the Commentary selection in the Languages menu; and select "Nucking Futs" by hitting "Down" once while cursor on selection above the line in quotation marks. See more »

Goofs

When Dickie is getting into the silver Honda Insight, you can see a crew member holding a "bounce card" reflected in the door as it is closed. See more »

Quotes

Grace Finney: [Grace is pushing Dickie down the sidewalk in a stroller]
Grace Finney: This feels a little odd.
Dickie Roberts: Dude, I'm the one in the stroller.
Grace Finney: Did you just call me, dude?
Dickie Roberts: I mean mommy.
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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 The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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True Hollywood Story
Courtesy of E! Entertainment Television
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User Reviews

This is a great show. One of the funniest I've seen in a long time!
15 July 2004 | by jeremy-lucySee all my reviews

I have always enjoyed David Spade in the movies he has made in the past, but I must admit that my wife and I almost did not rent this do to the fact he played the leading role, and the story line sounded pretty goofy.

I would tell everyone to watch this show, David spade of course has his same humor and the rest of the cast is great. I would have to say in my opinion it is the best movie he has done to date. I plan on watching it over and over again, we just can't stop laughing its so funny.

If anyone is a skeptic like myself out there, go ahead and watch this, you be glad you did!!


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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

Gross USA:

$22,738,671

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,769,505
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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