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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

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

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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

At the ending credits where the former child stars are singing, Butch Patrick has a solo. Two men pop up in a small window asking where Herman Munster is. These two men are Peter Dante and Jonathan Loughran, two key cast members of Happy Madison productions, Adam Sandler's company that produced the movie. 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: 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

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 My Three Sons (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Nights Are Forever without You
Written by Parker McGee
Performed by Dan Seals and John Ford Coley
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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I swear it was great, and I have no connection to this production.
5 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

It was a hot day and I decided to hit a movie. "Dickie Roberts" just happened to start at the right time for me. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Great script, perfectly cast (especially the kids) and it was really kinda heartwarming.

If you're a pop culture nut, you'll get a big kick outta seeing all the former child stars in the poker scene and then again at the end (stay for the credits).

Spade completely pulls it off. Lovitz is his usual outstanding (but then again I'm a big Lovitz fan).

Go see it. C'mon, go ahead.


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