Dickie Roberts - Former Child Star (2003)
In keeping with his background in television sitcoms, Sam Weisman directs the cameo-filled comedy Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Dickie Roberts (David Spade) was a child actor on the hit TV show "The Glimmer Gang" and remains remembered for a particular catch phrase. Now in his thirties, he finds work as a parking valet and spends time with other nominal child stars (enter cameos by Danny Bonaduce, Corey Feldman, and the like). Wanting to make a comeback, he manages to get an audition with director Rob Reiner. When the role requires him to be normal, he decides to hire a normal family in order to relive the childhood he missed out on. He ends up with sleazy salesman George Finney (Craig Bierko) and his loving wife, Grace (Mary McCormack). Dickie shares a room with their two kids: sunny daughter Sally (Jenna Boyd) and impressionable son Sam (Scott Tessa). Former child star Alyssa Milano appears as Dickie's girlfriend, Cyndi. … More
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Critic Reviews for Dickie Roberts - Former Child Star
Child is father to the man in this often funny, but just as often ham-fisted, untrue Hollywood story.
You sense Spade is scared of what finding too much of himself in Dickie might mean.
Ouch! Spade goes sweet and gooey.
Just a platform for Spade to tell smutty jokes to kids, fall off bicycles, puncture waterbeds, and, oh yes, learn the real meaning of family.
This movie is better than Lost and Found and Joe Dirt, but that's like saying a kick in the shins is better than a poke in the eye or a kick to the groin.
Has nothing of value to offer other than a dizzying number of cameos by former child stars, each of whom is only momentarily amusing as a voyeuristic opportunity to compare the grown-up on screen to the kid ever emblazoned upon our mind's eye.
Instead of seeing Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, you could...pierce yourself with sharp objects.
If the filmmakers had resisted the urge to make it so adorable and meaningful, this could have been a terrific comedy.
Dickie Roberts is a lot funnier than it has any right to be... considering it's a David Spade comedy and counts Adam Sandler among its executive producers.
This was a hysterical, shocking, and depressing movie that will have you feeling that you are old.
Quickly pushes aside the satirical promise of its premise in favor of trying to warm our hearts.
Comes off like a Hallmark card parody written by the staffers at Cracked.
Not as disposable as we first think, and ultimately watchable once we get past an hour that's only marginally less damaging than a 'Diff'rent Strokes' marathon - but it's not exactly inspired either.
...the sort of B-actor-driven comedic train wreck that David Spade used to dryly mock while doing his 'Hollywood Minute' on Saturday Night Live
At least Dickie Roberts is a good dozen jokes apart from being a one-joke movie. And it's a good thing Spade penned the premise as fiction before Fox tried to pass it off as a reality show.
If you ever wonder what happened to those child stars of the '70s and '80s, Dickie Roberts sheds some light, but it doesn't make you necessarily laugh as hard as it intends to
Audience Reviews for Dickie Roberts - Former Child Star
I thought Dickie Roberts was enjoyable! david Spade brings some pretty good talent to the table here!More
its just the same man-nanny becomes friends with the kids movie but it has David Spade and hes funnyMore
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