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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this crude porn-industry comedy was co-written by Adam Sandler, who has cast star Nick Swardson in supporting roles in many of his movies. Given the setting, the fact that it's filled with crass sexual innuendo and strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), as well as partial nudity (including topless women and a brief shot of a man's "equipment") isn't surprising. But the main character is actually fairly chaste and innocent, and so is his romantic interest. There's a little drinking and drugs, as well as a few violent threats, but the main issues here are sexual content and language.
What's the story?
Bucky Larson (Nick Swardson) is a very naïve Iowa grocery bagger who's totally ignorant in all the ways of sex. After losing his job, his friends show him a porn film from the 1970s, and he discovers that his parents were once porn stars, so he travels to Los Angeles to fulfill his "destiny." There he meets a misfit waitress (Christina Ricci) and a terrible roommate (Kevin Nealon) and prepares for fame. But his miniature "equipment" and lack of experience make him a laughingstock -- until washed-up director Miles Deep (Don Johnson) takes Bucky under his wing and turns him into a sensation, much to the chagrin of established porn star Dick Shadow (Stephen Dorff). Can Bucky keep sight of what's important in life?
Is it any good?
The sheer dumb boldness of BUCKY LARSON's humor will probably coax at least a couple of laughs from most viewers, but overall the movie is embarrassingly bad. It looks like a low-budget quickie, with very little effort spent on cinematography or editing. The characters are little more than cartoon characters, with no real personalities or any kind of genuine emotional connection. It's a mystery as to how these people ever evolved.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the movie's style of humor. Who is it intended to appeal to? Does it succeed? Why do you think sex-based humor is such a frequent go-to for crude/adult comedies?
Does Bucky learn a lesson from his adventure? Is that the point of the movie? Do you think Bucky could be considered a role model? What does it say about him that he's only interested in being intimate with his girlfriend and not any of the porn stars he works with?
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