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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

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A kid from the Midwest moves out to Hollywood in order to follow in his parents footsteps, and become a porn star.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Swardson ... Bucky Larson
Christina Ricci ... Kathy McGee
Don Johnson ... Miles Deep
Stephen Dorff ... Dick Shadow
Ido Mosseri ... J Day
Kevin Nealon ... Gary
Edward Herrmann ... Jeremiah Larson
Miriam Flynn ... Debbie Larson
Mario Joyner ... Claudio
Tyler Spindel ... Jimmy
Meredith Giangrande Meredith Giangrande ... Blueberry
Nicholas Turturro ... Antonio (as Nick Turturro)
Mary Pat Gleason ... Marge
Jackie Sandler ... Casting Director
Dana Goodman Dana Goodman ... Gretchen (as Dana Min Goodman)


Bucky Larson is a simple-minded, uneducated, beaver-toothed young man still living with his protective parents, Jeremiah and Debbie Larson, in a small Iowa town. Initially saddened when he is fired from his job as a bagger at a supermarket, he eventually sees it as a sign that he is destined for greatness in another field. Based on information he learns, Bucky believes that destiny is to become a porn star, despite being a virgin who has only recently learned about masturbation. With his parents' blessing, Bucky hops on a bus to Los Angeles to make it big there as a porn star and is taken under the wings of a few people in LA. On the professional side, he meets the reigning king of porn, Dick Shadow, who only sees him as a laughingstock. Then washed-up porn director Miles Deep stumbles across what he sees as an untapped niche market for Bucky's limited talents and must try to convince investors who see Bucky as the exact antithesis of porn. On the personal side, Bucky befriends young ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive crude sexual content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Swardson defended Bucky Larson in an October 2011 interview, in which he blamed its poor financial showing on the difficulties of advertising the material: "To promote an R-rated movie, with commercials, with this character, it was just really, really hard. It was hard to get the movie across to people. The trailer in theaters was really tame because we couldn't show any of the insanity, and even if we did it, it wouldn't hit because it had no context. It was just really frustrating." He predicted the film would find more appreciation on DVD. Swardson also dismissed the negative reviews. "I knew the critics were going to bury us because of the acting, how it was written and directed, none of those reviewers was psyched to see Bucky Larson and laugh. They go in with the mentality 'fuck these guys for making another movie.' They go in there to kind of headhunt. It makes me laugh because it's just so embarrassing. It makes them look like such morons." See more »


When Bucky is in the bushes at 22 minutes in the cookie he's holding changes shape over and over. See more »


Dick Shadow: Nothing grows in my crotch shade. Nothing.
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References Legends of the Fall (1994) See more »


Here It Goes Again
Written by Damian Kulash (as Damian Joseph Kulash Jr.)
Performed by OK Go
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

WOW...not much to say really. Kevin Nealon was great...and some nudity...um...yeah...just WOW. Not good at all. I say D+
4 January 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"I'm the son of two movie stars...that's like a super-duper movie star." Bucky Larson (Swardson) is working as a bagger at a grocery store when he gets into a fight with his manager. Depressed, he goes to his friends house to watch a "nude" movie. When he sees his parents on the screen he finds his destiny. Going in I saw the reviews for this (2.2 out of 10 on IMDb, 33 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes) and I am usually skeptical of bad reviews. Like most good ones they tend to exaggerate how good or bad a movie is. This is did not. This is awful. A few funny parts mixed in with the same joke over and over and over. The best part of this movie hands down is Kevin Nealon but he is not in it enough. I will say that I have seen worse, but this is a movie that people will watch out of curiosity and may regret it. Overall, not the worst comedy I have seen, but without Nealon it may have been. I give it a D+.

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Release Date:

9 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,415,023, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound)| SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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