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  • Summary: Dickie Roberts (Spade) is a 35-year old former child star. Now an out-of-work actor turned parking valet, Dickie is desperate to audition for a great role that could revitalize his career, but the part requires him to play a "normal" guy. Problem is, Dickie is anything but normal. He decides to hire a family to adopt him so he can relive his childhood and, in essence, grow up from scratch. (Paramount) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
  1. This sleek and sunny comedy is an all-too-rare example of smart and inventive Hollywood filmmaking.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    Offers a largely satisfying mix of broad slapstick, seriocomic sentimentality and mostly amusing satirical thrusts at easy targets.
  3. 50
    The movie has been made with consummate carelessness but with occasional moments of knowing humor.
  4. 50
    There are laughs, to be sure, and some gleeful supporting performances, but after a promising start the movie sinks in a bog of sentiment.
  5. 40
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Cole
    38
    Isn't so much a movie as a 90-minute Trivial Pursuit contest to name bit players from TV's distant past.
  7. This David Spade comedy breaks an ankle, ruptures several knee ligaments and hits the dirt harder than a felled linebacker. Best thing you can do for this movie? Leave it writhing in the throes of forced humor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. Andrew
    Jun 25, 2006
    9
    It was funny, entertaining, and still had a moral at the end... Thats what a good comedy should be.
  2. Mar 20, 2012
    7
    A good movie in the end do to it's morals it teaches, but not the best comedy, granted it's funny during most parts but some scenes feel unnecessary and unfunny, the most funny scenes are when he's being crude and vulgar, and the unfunny ones when he's not, which unfortunately most of the time he's not, but the heartfelt moments (while predictable) make this worth the watch because they teach you something, and the song at the end credits is hilarious, honestly it's not the best movie but manages to provide a good lesson and some genuine laughs out there, all in all if you like Happy Madison's other movies you'll probably like this, just don't expect greatness. Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2010
    5
    mildley funny but extremley predictable . the cameo apperiances by the former child stars felt more sad then any thing . spade does a so-so job carrying the film . all in all its some thing you would wach on tv or HBO. nothing much more then that, Expand

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