Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

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Released 2003

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Director:
Sam Weisman
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is a 2003 comedy directed by Sam Weisman and starring David Spade, who co-wrote this story of a former child star trying to establish himself as a serious adult actor who is plagued by his public image as a washed-up hack as well as his totally warped perception of normal life. Dickie Roberts was rocketed to stardom as a kid, capturing viewers with his very own TV series and getting big laughs with his signature catchphrase 'This is Nuckin' Futs!"As an adult, however, he's a broke, delusional valet looking for his big chance to break back into show business. When Rob Reiner tells Dickie he's not fit to act anymore because he's out of touch with humanity, Dickie tries to buy the childhood he never had, paying a family to take him in for a month. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is a fun movie about a man with no grip on reality learning the hard way how normal people live.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    This sleek and sunny comedy is an all-too-rare example of smart and inventive Hollywood filmmaking.

  • 60

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Offers a largely satisfying mix of broad slapstick, seriocomic sentimentality and mostly amusing satirical thrusts at easy targets.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Maintaining a winking distance from his comic persona, Mr. Spade radiates a cunning show-business cynicism that lets you know he's aware that he's slumming to make a buck.

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Comedy

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Slapstick, Satire