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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Starring: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Scott Terra, Jenna Boyd and Jon Lovitz
Directed by: Sam Weisman
Rated: PG-13



Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is a family friendly gigglefest! David Spade's films (Joe Dirt for example) have been less then…well…funny. Shame really because the petite little fella is a hoot. Hmm, this time as a smarmy washed up child star desperate for a comeback Spade's found his niche. It's still not classic sidesplitting comedy like say Dumb and Dumber, but it's good for a surprisingly humorous diversion.

Story goes…Dickie Roberts use to be a child star of extreme proportions then his show got canceled and his mom left in a cab. Now he's riddled with self-doubt and hungers for a comeback - John Travolta style.

Dickie hears about a hot script director Rob Reiner (playing himself) has in the works and wants the role. But the problem (and the beginning of our little romp) is as a child star Dickie missed his childhood and the star of Reiner's film had to have one for the arc of the film's character to work properly…

Just go with it…

Dickie decides to rent a family. Yes, I said rent a family. He wants to see how a suburban unit operates. He'll observe and be treated as one of the kids for a month. Naturally he's immediately a misfit complete with Hollywood style idiosyncrasies like glove wearing and retro-polyester Swingers wear. But slowly the family starts to bond with their new little doggie, er, Dickie.

The outcome is completely obvious - but who cares the movie is fun to watch unfold. Spade's a funny funny guy and his special brand of sarcastic supreme-over-all smirk works here. The real-life child star cameos are great and surprisingly many. They even congregate during the credits for a ' We-Are-The-World" like child stars are people too anthem. Hilarious. Also Jon Lovitz has a small role as "Dickie's" loving agent. Not since The Hitler Scene of Rat Race as Lovitz delivered such laughs.

Ignore the plot fallacies since the whole story from frame one is quite ludicrous, just grab the youngin's or the niece and nephews and get out for a few giggles on Dickie.

Snack Recommendation: Humble Pie and Espresso


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