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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star [Blu-ray] (2011)

Nick Swardson , Don Johnson , Tom Brady  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 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, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060WH7JO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bucky Larson - Career Killer February 28, 2012
By ITBeast
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stink bomb February 27, 2012
Format:DVD
Another amateurish piece of cinematic trash from the Happy Gilmore writing desk of Adam Sandler and Nick Swardson. This not even remotely funny movie revolves around the adventures of the titular character Bucky Larson...who has buck teeth (hence the name Bucky, get it) a Dutch boy haircut, and a small penis. This Iowa dimwit (all Iowans are depicted as morons) heads for the bright lights of Hollywood to pursue a career as a porn star after discovering that both his parents were 70's porn stars. Many agonizing twists and turns later, Bucky rises to fame and has an unlikely romance with Kathy (Christina Ricci) a sweet waitress in a dismal diner. The only bright light in this otherwise dim bulb of a film, Ricci's character is pleasant and restrained. Why such a talented actress would allow herself to appear in this stink-bomb remains a total mystery.
This nauseating movie finally arrives at it's one truly captivating moment...the closing credits. Bucky Larson may have been born to be a star but the same cannot be said for Nick Swardson or anyone else associated with this debacle.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never Should Have Been Made January 17, 2012
Format:DVD
I cannot for the life of me figure out who thought this movie was a good idea but I can guess you'll probably find them working at a Burger King near you right about now. Directed by a guy named Tom Brady (which probably has the star quarterback considering a lawsuit) who also directed Rob Schneider's The Animal and The Hot Chick. Bucky Larson happens to have the lowest IMDB rating I've come across yet for a film that had wide release. 2.1 is not going to cut it these days. Need more convincing? Fine, how's a 9/100 metacritic rating for you? I wouldn't be surprised if nobody hires this director again, not even for a youtube video.

Do not purchase this film based on people giving it 5 star and 4 star reviews. That's saying that there's no movie better. Check other sources first if you're on the fence. This movie should have never been made.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star February 1, 2012
Format:DVD
If you haven't heard of Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, then you are extremely fortunate. Considering it only made about $2.5 million in box office receipts and left theaters after two weeks, it's an understandable oversight. Produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison studio, the film stars comic Nick Swardson as the titular Bucky, a man-child who discovers his uptight parents were once famous porn stars. With this newfound knowledge, Bucky decides to follow in his parents' footsteps and sets his sights on Hollywood, where his small genitalia make him a popular gimmick. There's more to the story, but it's really not worth getting into. This aggressively unfunny and severely misguided comedy is the worst movie I saw in 2011; do what you will with that information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! July 10, 2014
By katden
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 better then donkey kong...
Funny mothatrucka!
Published 1 day ago by joseph wright
4.0 out of 5 stars ... close and is a bit warped but movie plays great.
Case doesn't close and is a bit warped but movie plays great.
Published 23 days ago by shane smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hilarious
Published 1 month ago by Maren Fairchild
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 5 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 5 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 8 months ago by hidleferd
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable
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!
Published 8 months ago by APRIL PERRY
5.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Funny
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.
Published 12 months ago by Alissa Sanders
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 13 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 15 months ago by Jamie Bozarth
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