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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.
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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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
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 OnlineFull
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.''
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 OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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
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