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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Far is more fun for a generation who grew up with young actors like Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Willie Ames (Eight is Enough). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 98
Theater Release: 05 Sep 2003
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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So, where have all the former child stars gone? Apparently they're lining up for bit parts and cameo appearances in David Spade's latest film, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Far more fun for a generation who grew up with young actors like Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Willie Ames (Eight is Enough), the entertainment value in the film comes from trying to match adult faces with the once well-known kids.

In the meantime, there's a story to tell.

Washed up in the acting business, Dickie Roberts (David Spade) now parks cars at a swanky hotel. But his dream is to rekindle the career that once saw his cherubic little face glowing on thousands of television screens. His opportunity comes when he learns of an audition for a Rob Reiner film. Needling his way in for an interview, Dickie discovers the real problem for his lack of success.

Reiner needs an actor who can play a ?normal? guy. Trouble is, this 35-year-old has-been is anything but normal. Growing up in the spotlight with an over-ambitious stage mom (Doris Roberts), Dickie missed out on all the regular things that ordinary kids do in an everyday family. But Dickie is sure that ?normal? is something he can learn with a little background research.

Trying to recreate the past and pick up on all the things he skipped, Dickie hires a family to teach him the joys of childhood. However, there are more than a few hesitations when the crass, loudmouthed former actor shows up on George (Craig Bierko) and Grace Tracy's (Mary McCormack) idyllic-looking front porch. Nervous about having Dickie in their house, Grace is also taken aback by the houseguest's lack of personal discipline, social skills and basic table manners.

Trying to recreate the past and pick up on all the things he skipped, Dickie hires a family to teach him the joys of childhood. However, there are more than a few hesitations when the crass, loudmouthed former actor shows up on George (Craig Bierko) and Grace Tracy's (Mary McCormack) idyllic-looking front porch. Nervous about having Dickie in their house, Grace is also taken aback by the houseguest's lack of personal discipline, social skills and basic table manners.

No doubt spending your formative years surrounded by adoring fans, flashing cameras and eager agents can be tough. So was seeing Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch), the once enviable star of my childhood, resort to using the infamous sexual expletive for a little dramatic effect. All I can say is ?Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.?

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is rated PG-13: for crude and sex-related humor, language and drug reference.

Cast: David Spade, Mary McCormack

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