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Dickie Roberts: Child Star




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Dickie Roberts is a child star who is now 35 and parks cars for a living.

Desperately seeking new stardom, he auditions for a role as a normal guy, but the director sees that he is anything but normal. In an attempt to win the part, he hires a family to live with, to help replay the childhood he never had.

The film is somewhat enjoyable and predictable, punching some clever jabs at the movie industry.

For me it was lots of giggles and no laugh-out-load jokes, but I don't think it'll do any damage to your brain cells.

Set up as an E-True Hollywood story, Dickie Roberts gets off to a great start, but rapidly degenerates into a series of unrelated skits, set up within a ludicrous plot, just so David Spade can act childish.

There are some laughs, but mostly at the expense of real former child stars who pepper the movie with some suprising cameos.

Mediocre at best.

This movie's intention was perhaps made to pay tribute to child stars of yesteryear, but the truth for some of the films cast is: once the picture ends and everyone goes home, those child stars of the 70s and the 80s in most cases will go back to their non-existing careers.

The message of this story is sad and is buried deep within all the silliness of this comedy, and that's what I liked: the message.

Show business can be a hard place to grow up, especially as a former child star.

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