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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)



Critic Consensus: A so-so David Spade comedy with a few laughs.

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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
Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sex-related humor, language and drug references)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Spade, Fred Wolf (II)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
Box Office: $22.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


David Spade
as Dickie Roberts
Jon Lovitz
as Sidney Wernick
Craig Bierko
as George Finney
Mary McCormack
as Grace Finney
Scott Terra
as Sam Finney
Scott Tessa
as Sam Finney
Jenna Boyd
as Sally Finney
Doris Roberts
as Peggy Roberts
Rob Reiner
as Himself
Rachel Dratch
as Rob Reiner's Secreta...
Willie Aames
as Himself
Tom Arnold
as Himself
Fred Berry
as Himself
Todd Bridges
as Himself
Gary Coleman
as Himself
Jeff Conaway
as Himself
Tony Dow
as Himself
Leif Garrett
as Himself
Corey Haim
as Himself
Eddie Mekka
as Himself
Jay North
as Himself
Erin Moran
as Herself
Ron Palillo
as Himself
Adam Rich
as Himself
Marion Ross
as Herself
Nicholas Schwerin
as Young Dickie
Fred Wolf (II)
as Dickie's Corner Man
John Farley
as Referee
Bobby Slayton
as Commentator
Joey "Coco" Diaz
as Emmanuel Lewis's Ent...
Kevin Grevioux
as Emmanuel Lewis's Ent...
Michelle Ruben
as Ring Girl
Brian Clark
as Guy in Car
Alan Blumenfeld
as Mr.Rollins
Sasha Mitchell
as Angry Driver
Blair Breard
as Alcoholic Speaker
Peggy Mannix
as Lamaze Group Leader
Spencer Garrett
as Publisher
Hal Sparks
as Publisher
Rob Elk
as Biker
as Sad Eye Sadie
Ian Gomez
as Strange Man
John Kirk
as Passing Man with Cam...
Edie McClurg
as Mrs.Gertrude
Colin Ryan
as Gertrude Kid
Wyatt Smith
as Boy in Crowd
Valerie Perri
as Teacher at Microphon...
Ashley Edner
as Heather Bolan
Mindy Burbano
as News Correspondent
Lindsay Dann
as Reporter
Erin Murphy
as Brittany
Jann Carl
as Herself
Peter Dante
as Himself
Lisa Joyner
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (39)

Child is father to the man in this often funny, but just as often ham-fisted, untrue Hollywood story.

Full Review… | September 27, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

You sense Spade is scared of what finding too much of himself in Dickie might mean.

Full Review… | September 9, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

Ouch! Spade goes sweet and gooey.

September 8, 2003
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2003
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Not at all funny David Spade movie.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

its just the same man-nanny becomes friends with the kids movie but it has David Spade and hes funny

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer


I turned it off 3/4 of the way through. David Spade was better back in the early 90's.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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