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At Theaters: 9/5/2003 On Video: 2/17/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 39 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419941
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Dickie Roberts is a 35-year old former child star. Now an out-of-work actor turned parking valet, Dickie is desperate to audition for a great role that could revitalize his career, but the part requires him to play a "normal" guy. Problem is, Dickie is anything but normal. He decides to hire a family to adopt him so he can relive his childhood and, in essence, grow up from scratch.

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Comedy - Yes, it's often silly and stupid, but fortunately it's not quite as silly and stupid as it appears to be, which is good. It actually has a decent story that occasionally peeks through.

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Cast and Crew Heading
David Spade JOE DIRT, THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, LOST AND FOUND
Mary McCormack FULL FRONTAL, K-PAX, THE BIG TEASE, MYSTERY ALASKA
Jon Lovitz EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, RAT RACE, SMALL TIME CROOKS
Scott Terra EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS
Jenna Boyd THE HUNTED, THE MISSING
Rob Reiner TV's - ALL IN THE FAMILY
Director: Sam Weisman WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?
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PROFANITY: 1 GD, 8 A-words. Many others. F-word spoken, read detailed content.
SEX/NUDITY: Some cleavage, woman in bikini, mild talk of having sex.
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Very funny throughout, especially if you enjoy silly humor.
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Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "Here is an inspired idea for a comedy, but why have they made it into a dirge? Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star has a premise that would be catnip for Steve Martin or Jim Carrey, but David Spade (who, to be fair, came up with the premise) casts a pall of smarmy sincerity over the material''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "The movie may appeal to fans of Spade's trademark smug and blandly disaffected comic style. And his delivery occasionally fits the material. But too many segments are flat and schlocky.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "A parody of TV's popular E! True Hollywood Story series, this comedy about the fleeting nature of fame starts out strong but falters in the middle.''

Newsday  Full Review
Average "Dickie Roberts doesn't fail totally, but Spade is such a lackadaisical comedian that what does end up having any appeal at all always seems to have happened by accident."

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 79 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
14
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
32
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
About 50/50
80%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
12
Very High
92%
30+Adults (F)
12
Fairly High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

For such a silly comedy these are actually some decent opinions. Usually these types of movies receive a much higher percentage of low opinions. This one has very few opinions below "Very Good," which is very good.

I have no problem recommending Dickie Roberts, as long as it looks like the type of movie you generally enjoy. I believe you will find it quite entertaining. Just keep in mind that it is every bit as silly and stupid as it appears to be, but it's also got a decent story.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
A Very Funny Movie! Even if you're not a fan of this silly/stupid type of humor, I'm certain you'll find it to be very funny. Actually the silliness doesn't get too bad and most of the humor should be enjoyed by everyone. It succeeds very well at being what it was meant to be, a silly little comedy that will make you laugh. If this looks like the type of movie you would enjoy, I have no doubt that you will enjoy it very much.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Back in the '70x, little Dickie Roberts could do no wrong. The beloved child star of the hugely popular TV sitcom "The glimmer Gang" was adored by millions of viewers who were captivated by his quirky charm..and then he turned six.

Suddenly the ratings slipped, his show was cancelled and the Dickie Roberts phenomenon ended for everyone - except for Dickie Roberts. Desperate to rise from the obscurity he plunged into after puberty, Dickie (David Spade), now a 35-year-old valet, is willing to do anything - from celebrity boxing matches to cosmetic surgery - in order to get his career back on track.

Convinced his star will rise again if only he can ace an audition for director Rob Reiner (portraying himself), Dickie is stunned when Reiner explains to him that because of his former life in the spotlight, he missed out on his childhood, and now isn't "normal" enough for the part.

Can someone who has missed out on a normal upbringing simply "reboot" himself like a human computer? Dickie Roberts is about to find out, once he pluts his plan - "operation redo childhood" - into full swing"

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