ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Roberts makes par
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Starring: David Spade, Mary McCormick, Jon
Directed by: Sam Weisman
By Deanna DiMenna
Dickie Roberts is a comedy about a 35-year-old
former child star in pursuit of a comeback role in the hottest
new Rob Reiner Hollywood flick.
Feeling robbed of a "normal" childhood,
Dickie Roberts (David Spade) hires a family to help him relive
the childhood of a normal boy in order to prepare him for a
possible role in a hit film.
After being abandoned by his father, mother
and fans at a young age, Dickie fails to learn childhood basics,
ultimately affecting his ability to be a successful adult in
Hollywood. Being the star of the '70s show The Glimmer Gang
for his entire childhood, Dickie has no recollection of any
fond memories as a child beyond his acting career. In an audition
with director Rob Reiner, Dickie is informed he's not "normal"
enough, due to his bizarre childhood, to play the role in Reiner's
Dickie doesn't give up on stardom, but instead
strikes up a plan to learn how to be "normal" for
The film gets off to a slow start; however,
things pick up once Dickie finds the perfect family to assist
him in his search for normalcy. A local car salesman accepts
Dickie's offer and invites him into his household with his wife
Grace (Mary McCormick) and children Sally and Sam.
Dickie, Grace and the children don't hit
it off at first, but Dickie is offered a second chance following
his redeeming act involving the family's all too proper neighbours.
It's only when Dickie helps the family succeed in their own
lives that he truly learns normalcy and how to love and succeed
in his life.
David Spade's performance in this movie is
good; however, he's not as funny as he has been in previous
roles. Dickie Roberts is basically a light comedy with an uplifting
story, but there's not much below the surface.