Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star


Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

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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

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Nick Swardson
as Bucky Larson
Christina Ricci
as Kathy McGee
Don Johnson
as Miles Deep
Stephen Dorff
as Dick Shadow
Edward Herrmann
as Jeremiah Larson
Miriam Flynn
as Debbie Larson
Mario Joyner
as Claudio
Julia Wolov
as Autograph Lady
Brandon Cournoyer
as Autograph Man
Jackie Sandler
as Casting Director
Owen Benjamin
as Production Assistant
Selma Stern
as Elderly Woman
Raf Mauro
as Chop Restaurant Owner
Henry T. Yamada
as Vietnamese Henchman
Beverly Polcyn
as Mrs. Bozobop
Kelvin Han Yee
as Vietnamese Boss
Kelsey Crane
as Hot Sushi Waitress
Jonathan Loughran
as Bondage Guy
Keegan-Michael Key
as Guinness Man
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
as Dimitri/Distributor
Tembi Locke
as Guinness Woman
Joey "Coco" Diaz
as German Guy/Distributor
Payman Benz
as Chop Restaurant Valet
J.D. Donaruma
as Sound Guy
Shane Ralston
as Key Grip
Chris Titone
as Prop Guy
Monty Hoffman
as Eddie/Distributor
Jesse Jane
as AFA Presenter
Danni Katz
as AFA Presenter
Danny A. Abeckaser
as AFA Presenter
Lindsay Gareth
as AFA Presenter
Michael Bernardi
as AFA Presenter
Samantha Scacher
as AFA Presenter
Jennifer Perkins
as AFA Presenter
Kirsten Berman
as AFA Presenter
Darrin Lackey
as AFA Presenter
Robert Harvey
as AFA Presenter
Marcus Demian
as Old Man with Pig
Mario Sellitti
as "Chewbacca"
Rick Williamson
as Iowa Farmer
Bryan Anthony
as Gay Guy Dancing
Dominique Kelley
as Gay Guy Dancing
Kevin Brief
as Iowa Father
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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.

    Dec 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • This movie is dire, soul-crushing stuff.

    Sep 14, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Matt Singer

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This isn't even a series of skits, but a series of vague ideas for skits that nobody fleshed out.

    Sep 12, 2011 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 12, 2011 | Full Review…

    Andrew Barker

    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.

    Sep 10, 2011 | Rating: 1/4

    Tom Russo

    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.

    Sep 10, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

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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!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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Wow, this movie is bad. Not bad in a "Troll 2" so bad it's good kind of way, but bad in a "Gigli" kind of way. Nick Swardson is usually hilarious and a real bright spot in Adam Sandler's movies, but here he is god awful. He stars as Bucky Larson an idiot from Iowa who finds out his parents used to be porn stars. Upon learning he decides it's his destiny to be in porn and moves to Hollywood to fulfill his dream. I think I may have chuckled once during this and it was at a Nick Turturro line. This is probably the worst Happy Madison movie ever. Worse than "Jack and Jill", "Dickie Roberts", "Benchwarmers", and anything with Rob Schneider. I don't know why I thought this would be ok(my hopes weren't high, but I expected to at least laugh some), but this is a big letdown. If your a Swardson fan, just pop in a dvd of his stand up instead. This is the kind of movie that could make him lose fans.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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