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Dickie Roberts - Former Child Star (Vhs) [2004]


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  • Actors: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Alyssa Milano, Craig Bierko, Scott Terra
  • Directors: Sam Weisman
  • Writers: David Spade, Fred Wolf
  • Producers: Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Blair Breard, Jack Giarraputo, Tom McNulty
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 28 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZWMZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,784 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Dickie Roberts is a 35 year old former child star. Now an out-of-work actor turned parking valet, Dickie is desperate to audition for a great role that could revitalize his career, but the part requires him to play a "normal" guy. Problem is, Dickie is anything but normal. He decides to hire a family to adopt him so he can relive his childhood and, in essence, grow up from scratch.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Stonehall on 29 Aug. 2004
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
When i got Dickie Roberts on video, i got my sister (who is 5 years younger) to watch it with me, and we definately give the film a huge thumbs up. She watches it more than I do and takes it to her friends houses so they can watch it too!
The cast put on a great humorous performance, especially David Spade who was loveable as the confused, stubborn and clueless Dickie Roberts. Many people will also love Jack and Sally, the kids who reluctantly help Dickie relive his childhood, and also get help from him for their problems.
There wasn't any scenes that we wanted to skip, there was something to entertain everyone - from the dance routines, dickie's accidents, memorable one liners, to the song at the end featuring many child stars from much loved shows such as happy days, saved by the bell, diff'rent strokes, the brady bunch, etc. (trust me, its a funny catchy song).
I definately recommend this film for people of all ages, or at least for parents to buy to keep their kids entertained for a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss VINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant and incredibly underrated film which people of all ages will love, filled with great jokes, a strong storyline, high-quality acting and the required feel-good, lesson-learned happy ending.

David Spade shines in a role he was made for (possibly because he wrote most of it himself!) and his transformation from jaded, desperate, self-obsessed former child star to a genuinely warm-hearted, great guy who can finally handle real life is brilliantly done.

The humour in this film is cracking - there's some light slapstick for the kids and some brilliant slightly self-aware or snide jokes that older kids and adults will love, but it's never sleazy.

The support actors are great too - the kids are hilarious, never annoying as those in family films often are, and the married couple on-the-edge-of-divorce are great, with the husband being the kind of guy we all love to hate. Alyssa Milano (from Charmed) also does some brilliant acting as the bitchy ex-girlfriend of Dickie. Cameos from people like Brendan Fraser and Leif Garrett are also highlights.

If you've already seen the film and liked it, it's worth getting the DVD too, for the very amusing special features, which span approximately 4 hours and include deleted scenes, television programmes about the film, interviews, a gag reel, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and the funniest commentary I've ever heard by Spade and his best friend/writer Fred Wolfe (although this commentary is probably for adults only!)

A definite must-buy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Morse VINE VOICE on 23 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My son wanted this, mainly I think because it comes from the 'Happy Madison' company, and he's an Adam Sandler fan (though he isn't in this).
When I saw it arrived and it has a '15' certificate plus a warning saying 'Contains strong language' I was really worried.
We stuck it on and gave it a whirl.
When I found that Dickie's catchphrase was 'This is Nucking Futs" I was just waiting with my finger over the eject button, but it turned out I needn't have worried.
I think the warning on the back for language is either about that catchphrase 9which is close to, but not actually swearing) or for the only real swearword in the film, and that happens as the credits roll and the song comes up sung by all the former child stars, marcia from the Brady Bunch let's rip with the 'F' word.

The film itself is a really good one, about a child star, now grown up into anonymity wanting to regain the love he had as a star again. A dream role appears, but as Dickie has never experienced a normal life the role looks set to pass him by, so a normal family is hired to help Dickie learn and experience normality.

The end is predictable, but you really don't want any other.
A good family movie, just turn off at the credits if you have youngsters.
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Format: DVD
Former child star, Dickie Roberts is now parking cars. Craving to regain the spotlight, he auditions for a role of a normal guy, but the director quickly sees he is anything but normal.

Desperate to win the part, Dickie hires a family to help him replay his childhood and assume the identity of an average, everyday kid.....

When Adam Sandlers production company makes movies that feature his friends and associates, you know that you are in relatively safe hands.

These movies are the Cheese On Toast of movies, it's really good while its lasts, but too much of it, is a bad thing, but hey, these movies are here to give you escapism, not to teach you any life lessons.

Sandlers movies are the little demon on your shoulder, letting you find immature things pretty funny, and then using certain parts of the film in real life, like flipping the bird when you take your hand out of the cereal box. Many will scoff, but you know you do it really.

Well the film is just what you'd expect, lots of D-list cameos, many self deprecating, and amongst all the virile humour, there is a little warm goo right in the centre, just like all of Sandlers other films.

Spade is as good as he always is, and the rest of the supporting cast do what they aim to do, make Spade look funny.

It's not laugh out loud by any measure, but it's still dumb fun.
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