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Dickie Roberts - Former Child Star (Widescreen Edition)
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I was pleasantly surprised with Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. This movie was incredibly funny and I loved watching Barry Williams, Leif Garrett, Corey Feldman, Danny Bonaducci, and Screech playing poker. Every game they play, Barry raises the stakes by adding souveniers from the Brady Bunch episodes telling them they can easily make money on ebay.
The movie is slightly absurd but it is hilarious. For me, it is funny because there honestly are people who think and act like Dickie does. They got so into the idea of fame that they would do absolutely anything to "make a comeback" even ride around in a baby stroller and go "ga-ga goo-goo".
I also enjoyed the children in the movie. They are so smart and witty and really hold their own against Dickie. They open up a whole world to him that he's never experienced before: a normal childhood. In the beginning, they hate him and make fun of him, but as they get to know eachother, the children learn from Dickie how to be self-confident and Dickie learns the value of love.
While some of the jokes are crude, they work for David Spade in a way that another actor would find it hard to get away with. David is able to combine a childlike wonder and innocence with vulgarity in such a way that you never completely dislike Dickie. There is enough hope and sincerity that you find yourself pushing for him even though he goes over the top to get what he wants.Read more ›
"Dickie Roberts" is a form of comedy where even thought you know what is going to happen, it's still funny because of the way that it is brought out. It's done in a way that everything that you know will probally happen, happens when you least expect it. It's like watching a normal comedy, with everything happening out of order. Predictable, but surprising, if you could understand what I'm saying.
The movie opens like an episode of "E! True Hollywood Story," where you learn a brief history of Dickie Roberts as a child star and Dickie Roberts as an adult. When he was a child he was the star of "The Glimmer Gang", with the famous catch phrase of "This is nucking futs." He never knew who his real father was, and once the show went off the air, his mother abandoned him. Now years later, Dickie is a thirty five year old parking valet, who wears gloves twenty four hours a day, who gets dumped by his girlfriend Cyndi. He finally decides to tryout for the new Rob Reiner film "Mr. Blakes Backyard", and he tries to get an audition from his agent, Sidney Wernick(played by Jon Lovitz perfectly.)
After meeting with Reiner, he decides that Dickie looks just like he pictured when he wrote the script, but he is afraid that Dickie will not be able to handle the emotional aspect of the film, because he never experienced the main function of adulthood, which is a childhood.Read more ›
David Spade is the perfect actor to play this role of a washed-up former child star on the skids. He believes that he's still part of the "in crowd", but he always finds himself on the outside. The side of Spade displaying his quick-witted insults and harsh nature serve him well in this part and he does an excellent job with it.
The storyline is rather ridiculous, as is the case with most movies of this genre, from the SNL crew, but again, it hardly seems to make a difference. The movie is entertaining and lighthearted - not meant to be taken too seriously. I thought it was hilarious. There are some great one-liners, which Spade seems to have built his fame upon.
The supporting actors are also cast perfectly. Highly recommended for fans of this brand of comedy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super funny. I get bored easily short attention span. This held my interest.Published 2 months ago by nursingmom
One of my guilty pleasure movies. You also realize that child actors can't act, ie. Barry Williams, Lief Garrett, Emanuel Lewis, I don't think they got the joke, this makes it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Blau
Great David Spade movie I think probably the best besides Tommy Boy and has real deep meaning to the moviePublished 5 months ago by Orin Wright