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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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Sam Weisman
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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

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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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The crew built an actual treehouse in the backyard of the house used for the exterior scenes of the Finney's home. The real homeowners liked it so much, they requested that the producers leave it up after filming. 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

Sally Finney: Dickie, there has to be water on it!
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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 Men in Black II (2002) See more »

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Greatest Day
by Jaret Reddick
Performed by Bowling for Soup
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Finally a truly funny movie from Happy Madison!
20 March 2004 | by ChrisG1975See all my reviews

I have never been a fan of any movies that Adam Sandler's production company had their hands in, and if I knew that before I probably wouldn't have rented this movie, but this movie is truly funny!

Dickie Roberts was a child star of the 70's. Like most child stars, his star faded. Now, to get back into the spotlight, he needs to relive the childhood he never knew to prepare for a money audition. With the help of a family he rents, he prepares for the journey back to the stardom he craves.

Some slow parts, but most parts are hilarious! I loved watching Webster beating the hell out of Dickie in Celebrity Boxing! And the song during the finale had me in stiches!

If you were like me and watched all the old sitcoms after school in the 80's, you will love this movie! Try to see how many child stars you can recognize in their cameos!


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