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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star2003

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)



Critic Consensus: A so-so David Spade comedy with a few laughs.

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In keeping with his background in television sitcoms, Sam Weisman directs the cameo-filled comedy Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Dickie Roberts (David Spade) was a child actor on the hit TV show "The Glimmer Gang" and remains remembered for a particular catch phrase. Now in his thirties, he finds work as a parking valet and spends time with other nominal child stars (enter cameos by Danny Bonaduce, Corey Feldman, and the like). Wanting to make a comeback, he manages to get an audition with director Rob Reiner. When the role requires him to be normal, he decides to hire a normal family in order to relive the childhood he missed out on. He ends up with sleazy salesman George Finney (Craig Bierko) and his loving wife, Grace (Mary McCormack). Dickie shares a room with their two kids: sunny daughter Sally (Jenna Boyd) and impressionable son Sam (Scott Tessa). Former child star Alyssa Milano appears as Dickie's girlfriend, Cyndi.

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David Spade
as Dickie Roberts
Jon Lovitz
as Sidney Wernick
Craig Bierko
as George Finney
Mary McCormack
as Grace Finney
Scott Tessa
as Sam Finney
Scott Terra
as Sam Finney
Jenna Boyd
as Sally Finney
Doris Roberts
as Peggy Roberts
Rob Reiner
as Himself
Rachel Dratch
as Rob Reiner's Secretary
Willie Aames
as Himself
Tom Arnold
as Himself
Fred Berry
as Himself
Todd Bridges
as Himself
Gary Coleman
as Himself
Jeff Conaway
as Himself
Tony Dow
as Himself
Leif Garrett
as Himself
Corey Haim
as Himself
Eddie Mekka
as Himself
Jay North
as Himself
Erin Moran
as Herself
Ron Palillo
as Himself
Adam Rich
as Himself
Marion Ross
as Herself
Nicholas Schwerin
as Young Dickie
Fred Wolf (II)
as Dickie's Corner Man
John Farley
as Referee
Bobby Slayton
as Commentator
Joey "Coco" Diaz
as Emmanuel Lewis's Entourage
Kevin Grevioux
as Emmanuel Lewis's Entourage
Michelle Ruben
as Ring Girl
Brian Clark
as Guy in Car
Alan Blumenfeld
as Mr.Rollins
Sasha Mitchell
as Angry Driver
Blair Breard
as Alcoholic Speaker
Peggy Mannix
as Lamaze Group Leader
Spencer Garrett
as Publisher
Hal Sparks
as Publisher
Rob Elk
as Biker
as Sad Eye Sadie
Ian Gomez
as Strange Man
John Kirk
as Passing Man with Camera
Edie McClurg
as Mrs.Gertrude
Colin Ryan
as Gertrude Kid
Wyatt Smith
as Boy in Crowd
Valerie Perri
as Teacher at Microphone
Ashley Edner
as Heather Bolan
Mindy Burbano
as News Correspondent
Lindsay Dann
as Reporter
Erin Murphy
as Brittany
Jann Carl
as Herself
Peter Dante
as Himself
Lisa Joyner
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (43)

Spade doesn't look to have the confidence to flourish in such a mainstream film.

December 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Not at all funny David Spade movie.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

A wince-inducing comedic atrocity.

May 3, 2005 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Instead, all we get is a pithy mope session where the best the group can do is rag on current celebrities like Brad Pitt. In a scenario so ripe for comedy and pathos, this is the best Spade can come up with?

September 27, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Child is father to the man in this often funny, but just as often ham-fisted, untrue Hollywood story.

September 27, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

You sense Spade is scared of what finding too much of himself in Dickie might mean.

September 9, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star


I thought Dickie Roberts was enjoyable! david Spade brings some pretty good talent to the table here!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

its just the same man-nanny becomes friends with the kids movie but it has David Spade and hes funny

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer


I turned it off 3/4 of the way through. David Spade was better back in the early 90's.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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