Saturday, September 6, 2003
At the multiplexes this week comes "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star," a rather merciless satire about the fleeting nature of fame. Comedian David Spade plays Dickie, a cute kid actor from a 1970s TV series still struggling to make the career shift to adulthood. This leads him to hire a surrogate family to help him relive the childhood he never had. The comical casting of dozens of former child stars helps offset the movie's more contrived aspects.
Also opening is the new horror flick "The Order," which was not screened in advance for critics. So a word of advice when the studios adopt this policy: beware. In the film, heartthrob Heath Ledger portrays a priest sent to Rome to investigate the mysterious circumstances regarding the death of the head of his order. Spooky things apparently ensue.