Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)



Critic Consensus: A severely misguided and inept comedy incapable of even telling its single joke properly.

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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is a new comedy starring Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Don Johnson, and Stephen Dorff. Bucky (Swardson) is a small town grocery bagger, going nowhere in life - until he discovers that his conservative parents were once adult film stars! Armed with the belief that he has found his destiny, Bucky packs up and heads out to LA, hoping to follow in his parents' footsteps. -- (C) Sony Pictures
R (for pervasive crude sexual content, language and some nudity)
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Don Johnson
as Miles Deep
Edward Herrmann
as Jeremiah Larson
Christina Ricci
as Kathy McGee
Pauly Shore
Stephen Dorff
as Dick Shadow
Mario Joyner
as Claudio
Peter Dante
as Dante
Jonathan Loughran
as Bondage Guy
Nick Swardson
as Bucky Larson
Kelvin Han Yee
as Vietnamese Boss
Kevin Brief
as Iowa Father
Miriam Flynn
as Debbie Larson
Jesse Jane
as AFA Presenter
Robert Harvey
as AFA Presenter
Keegan-Michael Key
as Guinness Man
Kelsey Crane
as Hot Sushi Waitress
Lindsay Gareth
as AFA Presenter
Selma Stern
as Elderly Woman
Beverly Polcyn
as Mrs. Bozobop
Kirsten Berman
as AFA Presenter
Tembi Locke
as Guinness Woman
Raf Mauro
as Chop Restaurant Owner
Monty Hoffman
as Eddie/Distributor
Danny A. Abeckaser
as AFA Presenter
Marcus Demian
as Old Man with Pig
J.D. Donaruma
as Sound Guy
Gene Pompa
as Tomas
Owen Benjamin
as Production Assistant
Dana Min Goodman
as Gretchen
Jennifer Perkins
as AFA Presenter
Joey "Coco" Diaz
as German Guy/Distributor
Bryan Anthony
as Gay Guy Dancing
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
as Dimitri/Distributor
Dominique Kelley
as Gay Guy Dancing
Ido Mosseri
as J Day
Julia Wolov
as Autograph Lady
Jackie Sandler
as Casting Director
Danni Katz
as AFA Presenter
Darrin Lackey
as AFA Presenter
Samantha Scacher
as AFA Presenter
Chris Titone
as Prop Guy
Shane Ralston
as Key Grip
Brandon Cournoyer
as Autograph Man
Henry T. Yamada
as Vietnamese Henchman
Hans Molenkamp
as Bouncer
Payman Benz
as Chop Restaurant Valet
Michael Bernardi
as AFA Presenter
Mario Sellitti
as "Chewbacca"
Rick Williamson
as Iowa Farmer
Vanessa Nicole Villalovos
as Claudio's Girl
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Critic Reviews for Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (12)

Icky and repellent in ways it probably did not intend.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011
Top Critic

This movie is dire, soul-crushing stuff.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

This isn't even a series of skits, but a series of vague ideas for skits that nobody fleshed out.

Full Review… | September 12, 2011
Top Critic

Through all this, one feels nothing more strongly than an acute sympathy for all involved -- in particular Ricci, who gives her role more than it deserves, and Herrmann, a classy character actor who once won a Tony.

Full Review… | September 12, 2011
Top Critic

Swardson and the gang generally opt for silly over edgy and outrageous, but Bucky is just too dashed-off a character for the movie to get by on that.

Full Review… | September 10, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This god-awful, unfunny, stinkingly putrid sketch-comic movie has exactly one snicker-worthy moment, involving Kevin Nealon and a stolen grape. But watching the rest of it will make you whine.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
New York Daily News
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three stars

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Okay, I'll admit, there were a few scenes in "Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star" that had me laughing out loud, but mostly it was because of how stupid the movie is. I have never seen a movie try so hard to make a story work before. So an idiot with over-exagerrated buck teeth tries to become a porn star with his parents. The comedy is that he has a small penis, which makes his very popular. Funny right? No, it's not funny at all, but for some reason, some of the secondary characters in the film seem very funny at times, particularly Kevin Nealon, who puts a roof over Bucky's head. That being said, this film is in no way funny and it is easily one of the worst of 2011. Every joke that the filmmakers force on you seems like a penis joke every 20 minutes, followed by someone making fun of his buck teeth. Cristina Ricci helps to hold whatever is left of the movie, on it's feet. This film is a great big pile of garbage that made me laugh once or twice!

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