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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Roberts makes par


Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Starring: David Spade, Mary McCormick, Jon Lovitz
Directed by: Sam Weisman

By Deanna DiMenna
Gazette Writer

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 upcoming film.

Dickie doesn't give up on stardom, but instead strikes up a plan to learn how to be "normal" for the role.

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.

 

 

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