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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

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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Details

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:

$23,727,734
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Leif Garrett tells Dickie that Reiner's new movie would be similar to when Frank Sinatra had a film career comeback and won the Oscar for "From Here To Eternity." When Sinatra did "From Here to Eternity" his acting career was still pretty fresh and did not do many films in the years prior. So, although his Oscar win was highly impressive, it was not a career revival. See more »

Quotes

Sidney Wernick: I may have to go to the bathroom every 45 minutes, but at least I get to pee in a gold toilet.
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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 Joanie Loves Chachi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Bad
by Brian Kierulf, Joshua Schwartz and Amanda Williford
Performed by Willa Ford
Courtesy of Lava Records/Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Nostalgic fun
11 September 2003 | by Spanner-2See all my reviews

A silly comedy starring David Spade as a former child star who "hires" a family in order to give himself a real childhood experience so he can nab a new part in a Rob Reiner movie. The premise is as silly as you can get but it does have some fun injokes involving quite a number of former child actors from the 70s and 80s which is great fun for tv nostalgia buffs.. Pleasant enough comedy. GRADE: C


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