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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Andy Spade: The man on walking past the Finney residence to whom George says, "Hi, Andy," is David Spade's brother, who was visiting the set that day. See more »

Goofs

At the end of Heather Bolan's audition, her hands are in her hair. She is shown from behind, and she puts her arms down. When she is shown from the front, she puts her arms down again. See more »

Quotes

Girl: [two girls spot Leif Garrett and Dickie talking on the sidewalk] Oh, my God! You're Leif Garrett! I used to have such a crush on you!
Girl: Can I have your autograph?
Dickie Roberts: You want my autograph too? Dickie Roberts.
Girl: No, I'm fine.
Dickie Roberts: How about if I put it on a $5 bill?
Girl: Make it a 20?
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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 The Lost Boys (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Chasing the Sun Away
Written by Dicky Barrett (as Barrett), John Timothy Burton (as Burton) and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (as Bosstones)
Performed by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Courtesy of Side One Dummy Records
By Arrangement with Crusty Old Timer, Inc.
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The review do not do this film justice
7 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to the sharp criticism of this film by multiple critics as a poor attempt at comedy with an absurd plot, I found this film to be delightfully humorous with a great moral for everyone to learn. Just like in Joe Dirt, David Spade really gives this film his best effort in such a way that you leave feeling like you've just been given a boost in life with such a great story. I would definitely recommend you see this movie in the theaters. The ending credits are hilarious as well. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star truly combines tatseful comedy with life lessons that audiences of all ages can truly appreciate.


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