Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
David Spade, Jon Lovitz, Doris Roberts, Alyssa Milano, Mary McCormack
What ever became of all those - mostly ghastly - child stars of all those - mostly ghastly - TV sitcoms?
Rummaging through the bins of society, pouring over their collections of faded and tattered cuttings, recalling the golden days to a decreasing number of listeners.
As Dickie does here. Played by Spade, who performs with a sad indifference to the admittedly poor material at hand, he is a former child star now reduced to parking the cars of restaurant customers, but still dreaming of the big big which will mark his comeback (could it be in a new Rob Reiner film … the famous director appearing in a cameo slot).
It might have been a good film for the subject matter of failure following success is an interesting one. What does become of yesterday's people?
But nothing of the sort seems to have crossed the minds of the writers of this weak and forgettable film. There is no illuminating examination of the nature of failure, no depth to the characters and no sympathy enlisted on their behalf.
In the end we are left with the feeling that the central character deserved what he got.