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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dickie Roberts
... Grace Finney
... George Finney
... Sam Finney
... Sally Finney
... Referee
... Commentator
... Michael Buffer
... Dickie's Corner Man
... Cyndi
... Himself
... Emmanuel's Entourage (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
... Emmanuel's Entourage
Brian Clark ... Guy in Car
... 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

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

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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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Paramount

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5 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dickie Roberts: (Former) Child Star  »

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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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Trivia

Fred Wolf and David Spade originally wrote a skit in the '90s 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 totally rewritten and turned into this movie, originally written as a dark comedy with more references to drug use by child stars. See more »

Goofs

Grace Finney gets mad at Dickie for saying "crap" at the dinner table, yet minutes later she is fine with Sally saying that the tree house is "old and crappy". See more »

Quotes

Dickie Roberts: Whoa! You ever have such a bad wipeout you don't even feel it?
[falls]
Sam Finney: That wasn't one of them!
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Crazy Credits

About 30 former child stars sing "Child Stars On Your Television" a la "We Are The World". See more »

Connections

References Scarface (1983) See more »

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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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Disappointing
29 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I am a big fan of David Spade but he has really fallen off as a comedy genius since his friend and frequent collaborator/comedy partner Chris Farley died sadly several years ago. I thought Joe Dirt was kind of funny in spots but over all pretty disappointing and this movie is even more disappointing. There are a couple of funny jokes in the movie and it is a very good premise for a movie but over all the plot is just too stupid and the jokes are predictable. The fact that David Spade plays a guy who is just unlikeable and a jerk gets old very fast and you can figure out exactly how the movie is going to go like ten minutes into watching it.


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