Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

"This is nucking futs." That was the catchphrase that made Dickie (David Spade) a sitcom child star in the 1970s. Now he's a washed-up adult. Casting ex-kid stars such as Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Dustin Diamond (Screech) and Danny Bonaduce (Danny Partridge) to play Dickie's disgruntled poker buddies is as close as this movie gets to inspired laughs. The focus is on Dickie's efforts to win a role in a Rob Reiner movie by paying to live with a real family and learning that home is where the heart is. Ouch! Spade goes sweet and gooey. This is nucking futs.

From The Archives Issue 298: August 23, 1979