Directed by Sam Weisman, starring David Spade, Mary McCormack, Scott Terra, Jenna Boyd, Craig Bierko, Jon Lovitz, Alyssa Milano and Rob Reiner.
'Where are they now?'. We all want to know what happened to all the one-hit-wonder pop-stars and wannabe celebs that go to extraordinary lengths to grab their five minutes of fame. Child stars are no exception. Famous when children, very often nobodies in later life. Who wants to hire a has-been? Dickie Roberts was about to find out the price of shooting to fame too early.
Dickie (Spade) is a washed-up former child star that people either don't remember or don't want to know (aside from asking for a rendition of his infamous catch phrase "nucking futs"). Possessing an incredible ability to remain completely oblivious to the real world, the out-of-work actor can't seem to get anyone to take him seriously.
But when the part of a lifetime comes up Dickie and his screwball manager Sidney (Lovitz) must convince director Rob Reiner that he is more worthy of the part than Sean Penn. But in order to play the role of a 'normal' guy Dickie must undergo an extraordinary transformation from the paranoid, glove-wearing man he has become.
Dickie's brainwave is simple. He must return to his childhood and relive his lost years. So he decides to adopt a family for a month and have them treat him like a child, the Finneys being the lucky respondents to his newspaper ad. While the idea may seem simplistic, its execution is more than amusing with 35-year-old Dickie insisting that his new 'mommy' Grace (McCormack) push him around in a buggy, just for effect.
Dickie learns the tricks and harsh lessons of childhood from the Finney children, Sam (Terra) and Sally (Boyd), who reluctantly accept him as their brother, opening a world of games, crushes and even bullying to him. But the path to becoming the perfect 'normal' guy is not always smooth and camp, over-the-top Dickie says all the wrong things along the way.
The idea for this movie builds on a natural human curiosity for where these former stars disappear to when they leave our television screens, making it chuckle-worthy viewing, even if not spectacular. While the feel-good humour does hit the mark, it's a little predictable, even for the younger viewers. Cue happy ever after ending.