Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

In the recent oral history of Saturday Night Live, David Spade claims he latched onto his snide persona to distinguish himself from the pack; it's served him well as an ensemble player and a big-screen foil to Chris Farley, but as a romantic lead he's hopeless. This passable comedy, which he scripted with former SNL writer Fred Wolf, casts him as a washed-up TV personality who pays a suburban family to put him through the paces of a “normal childhood” in the hope that the experience will help him make a comeback. Dad turns out to be a heel and warmhearted mom (Mary McCormack) begins to fall for Spade—sort of like those courthouse groupies who threw their underwear at Ted Bundy. With Jon Lovitz, Rob Reiner, and cameos by a platoon of former child stars. 99 min.

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