Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

  • Review Date: September 9, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Lots of sexual content and language, not enough humor.
  • Review Date: September 9, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a vague message about "following your dreams," though it's not very well-defined; Bucky's "dream" ends up being about winning the girl and not much more.

Positive role models

Bucky is very naïve and sweet and treats people kindly, but he's such a cartoon character that it's hard to make a case for him as a role model.

Violence

During the opening credits, some farmers fire a shotgun at a scarecrow. Otherwise, there are some threats, but no real violence.

Sex

The movie takes place in the porn industry; there's consistent, crass sex talk and sexual innuendo, though little actual sex. There's some nudity; several different women are shown topless, and there's a very brief flash of Bucky's tiny "equipment," as well as more than one shot of his naked behind. Some characters discuss masturbating, and viewers see some examples of this without showing any actual genitals. Bucky only has sex with his girlfriend, but he ejaculates at the very sight of a naked woman; viewers see the result of this in various places afterward.

Language

Though Bucky doesn't swear, other characters do -- expect frequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "prick," "p---y," "t-ts," "ass," "dick," "whore," "hell," "pube," "son of a bitch," "oh my God," and more.

Consumerism

Bucky mentions "Doritos Cool Ranch" more than once, and some actual chips are seen in one scene.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A supporting character is seen drinking and taking pills.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

 
The crude jokes probably amused the cast and crew behind the scenes, but they don't translate to the finished product; most of them simply fall flat. Moreover, the movie fails to find any reason for or connection with its porn industry setting; it's too dirty to have anything to say but too tame to be truly titillating. If nothing else, Ricci and Johnson manage some moments of warmth and sweetness, even if they're not terribly funny.
 

Families can talk 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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Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 9, 2011
DVD release date:January 16, 2012
Cast:Christina Ricci, Don Johnson, Nick Swardson
Director:Tom Brady
Studio:Columbia Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive crude sexual content, language and some nudity

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Kid, 9 years old November 22, 2011
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18
QUALITY
 

the worst movie ever for adults!!!!!

my 19 year old babysitter went home and saw this movie and was so mad at who made it she never came back!! :(
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 5, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

17+

DON'T watch till you're 17.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byDarkToonLink March 17, 2013
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Bucky Larson

It's not too overly sexual, but the whole movie's awfulness should be the true reason for avoiding it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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