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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

Nick Swardson , Don Johnson , Tom Brady  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Swardson, Don Johnson, Christina Ricci, Stephen Dorff, Ido Mosseri
  • Directors: Tom Brady
  • Writers: Nick Swardson, Adam Sandler, Allen Covert
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Betsy Danbury, David Dorfman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060WH7JE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star" on IMDb

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Laughter Is Contagious
Behind The Teeth
Gary: Tough Customer
Bucky Sparkles

Editorial Reviews

It's an odd state of affairs when a movie carries a relatively strong creative pedigree and yet seems to have been brushed aside by the creators as if they knew full well how savagely it would be received by critics and audiences alike. Such is the case with Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which comes from Adam Sandler's production company and has a script cowritten by Sandler, plus a cast of eminently accomplished actors who either didn't know they were slumming it in a stupid, raunchy comedy, or for some reason didn't care. That said, just because it's stupid and raunchy (which it really is), there are germs of redeeming tidbits in Bucky Larson, including the above-mentioned performers along with the shear depth of its stupidity and raunch. Nick Swardson, a longtime Sandler cohort and a very funny presence in his many other movie and TV appearances, plays the title character under a ridiculous bowl haircut and behind a pair of front teeth that seem ripped from the jaws of a giant mutated gopher. He's an Iowa farm boy with hayseeds permanently stuck in those choppers. He knows nothin' from nothin', but vows to make it as a modern-day porn star after a weirdo TV party gives him evidence that his parents were industry icons in the 1970s, thus making him born to a lineage despite his crazy look, crazy talk, and crazy brain. The other obstacle he faces is a piece of fleshy manhood that's, well, a little on the small side, to put it mildly. In a sequence of events so stupid and raunchy that they do have the necessary ingredients for some measure of possibly drunken hilarity, it turns out that his massive under-equipment and contingent hair trigger gain him exactly the kind of stardom he knew he was born to (his shortcomings make other men feel better about themselves). It seems kind of silly to lament that everyone involved didn't make more of an effort to put Bucky Larson in a higher class since everything about it is so utterly low class. But with a cast that includes Edward Herrmann (Bucky's dad), Stephen Dorff (a rival porn star), Christina Ricci (Bucky's forlorn girlfriend), Don Johnson (a washed-up porn director), and the talented Swardson himself, it feels like the sloppiness of the whole affair is just plain lazy. People will find some genuinely funny moments in Bucky Larson if they're able to even start in on it (a scene involving "stolen" food and Bucky's psychotic roommate Kevin Nealon is definitely a laugh riot), but it's likely that this movie will only find life in the home market of a select few who revel in the underdog nature of a particular brand of cinematic stupidity. --Ted Fry

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Bucky [Nick Swarsdon] 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. Also starring Christina Ricci, Don Johnson and Stephen Dorff.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bucky Larson - Career Killer February 28, 2012
By ITBeast
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Stay as Far as you can from this atrocity and watch something good like the Benchwarmers (I know that was horrible to but you at least laughed).

What was clearly the 1st sign of what direction "Bucky" was heading into is when we saw an inbreed farmer (probably left over from Deliverance) smacked peanut butter all over his Junk so his goat could "snack" on it, this was still in the middle of the intro credits before we even get to Bucky himself. Once the Peanut Butter and Goat credits finally ended we see Bucky at his job as a grocery sacker at "Fooders" where his boss played by Curtis Armstrong (AKA Booger) fires poor Bucky (Not clear why but it does not really matter anyways). I'll skip over the dinner seen with Bucky's Parents and get to where Bucky goes to his friends house to watch a new movie. The movie that Bucky watches (And at the same time gets off to) is a 1970's porno of his parents. At this point Bucky realizes his destiny and decides to go to Hollywood to be a porn star. The rest of this you will have to rent from Red Box and experience the holocaust yourself, I can't bring myself to type anymore. I'm having violent flashbacks as it is with the little I managed to hammer out. Please GOD, Strike down these unholy images from my brain! Take me to my special place where I may forget.

My first thoughts was to trash both my TV and Blu-Ray player so I could sanctify my entertainment system but came to my senses in time before I had found my sons metal bat in the garage. Upon returning "Bucky" back to the Red Box Kiosk I hesitated briefly because I was afraid the machine would abruptly catch fire after inserting Bucky back into it, luckily it went without incident.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable December 20, 2013
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Funny movie, so funny I had to own a copy. I can always count on Amazon to find anything that I haven't seen in the store. Brand-new copy, played great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Funny August 22, 2013
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Well. I guess I might be immature - but this movie was hilarious if you like nasty and "stupid" humor. My boyfriend really cracked up over the jokes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So bad that it's actually pretty funny January 10, 2012
3.2 stars

If you really like Ed Wood movies, precisely because they are terrible, then you are Bucky-ready. If not, and even the most hilariously wretched movies just seem plain bad to you, then please move on to the next film. But if you like 'em so bad they're good, then here you go...

Bucky Larson is now infamous for being the lowest rated Rotten Tomato of them all: zero percent thumbs up! So I was expecting the worst film ever made, which some reviewers claim Bucky is. But let me damn them with some faint praise for Bucky (that will probably be the only Shakespeare reference ever made within ten miles of this film).

Is this film "good"? No. But, it was never meant to be. It's clearly an uber-parody, a satire about how bad movies can be, especially romantic comedies. I think a lot of people miss that, or just didn't see enough of the truly execrable romcoms that came out from about 1974-1992 or so. Some of those films were so bad because they thought they were kinda good. Not in this case! Bucky takes every trope and cliche from bad comedies and milks them, as it were, until they cover the wall. It's even got a Journey song during the final "they-get-together-forever" scene. Now that's the romcom seal of approval. And don't forget that Adam Sandler is one of the writers, so Citizen Kane is not exactly on the radar...

I love to laugh in general, so I was ready to take what came my way here. The thing most miss is that this film actually has a pretty good heart; they could have gone for meaner laughs but didn't, which makes this almost kind of gee shucksy at points. And frankly, there were more laughs than expected. Kevin Nealon is very funny at moments, as is Swardson, simply because he is such a truly weak actor.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1st Watch=Horrible,2nd watch through=better January 20, 2012
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i saw this movie in the the theater, it was so bad i got up and left the theater with my friends, it was so stupid and ridiculous. the next time i was wasted..not completely..but enough to really love this movie cause its the "little" things that made me laugh, i.e. things in the background, peoples faces, that sort of stuff. This movie has no redeeming quality and should only be watched by those not in a sober state
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! July 10, 2014
By katden
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I know a lot of people hate this movie but I absolutely love it. I'm a huge Nick Swardson AND Christina Ricci fan and I thought this was completely hilarious. It's ridiculous and obviously raunchy (duh, it's about porn) and if you go into it realizing that it's a Happy Madison movie, you might just enjoy it as much as I do!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the funniest, but has some redeeming qualities April 25, 2014
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The movie makes a prominent point about relationships, albeit somewhat hidden towards the end of the movie. Swardson and Sandler have been moving away from knee-slapping comedy and making films that are more message oriented. I am perplexed by some of the "message" which tends to be highly raunchy and out of my league, but I know going in that the content is going to be very liberal and frankly absurd. The Swardson/Sandler crew did much better with Jack and Larry or Grandma's Boy. Both were a lot funnier than this one. I am not a fan of alternative lifestyles or sex humor stemming from same, but I am open-minded enough to set aside my preferences for an hour or so. I wish it had been funnier. There was no DRIVE MONKEY DRIVE scene. What I did find was that beneath the unadulterated sickness, there was a message of honesty and love. If you are willing to watch, you might want to do so alone first. This is NOT a family movie, and I would not recommend watching it with parents, grandparents, pastors, priests, pizza delivery personnel or political pundits. But that's just me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY
It's a comsdy movie with a few nude seceens
some may like it and other will like it but most oh
Happy Galimore movie are good
Published 4 months ago by Bernard Sanic
4.0 out of 5 stars funny movie
The movie is funny and gives us a great laugh every time we watch it. I recommend people to buy it.
Published 4 months ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie!
I never had high hopes of liking this movie, but after watching it, I loved it. It has a good story, and the actors are good too.
Published 6 months ago by hidleferd
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for friend after we had seen it
This is one for the collection.....just because it is so damn funny. I love me some Bucky! I don't purchase movies often, but this one had me in stitches....
Published 12 months ago by Diane Drussell
4.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY
Funny movie! Silly humor but Nick Swardson pulls it off. I'm not quite sure how many actors could pull it off as well as he does and keep it equally as tolerable.
Published 14 months ago by Jamie Bozarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This was MUCH funnier than it sounds. I laughed so hard during the entire thing, that I had tears in my eyes.
Published 15 months ago by Diana
4.0 out of 5 stars husband liked it.
i got this as a random gift for my husband and he really liked it. played well with no scratches or skips. came in a good sturdy case with no breaks or rips in the cover.
Published 15 months ago by Amber Meadows
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty raunchy
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is intended for people that like lots of sexual-related comedy. Now I definitely fall into this category much to many peoples dissatisfaction... Read more
Published 16 months ago by B. E Jackson
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