Box art for Bucky Larson Born To Be A Star

Bucky Larson Born To Be A Star


A small-town Midwestern nerd discovers his parents were famous porn stars.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
1 out of 5

Lots of sexual content and language, not enough humor.

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 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: This may be the worst movie Pauly Shore has ever been in. Think about that. If you dare, go on Netflix and test the hypothesis.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, September 9, 2011

Rotten: The entire premise feels about 35 to 40 years out of date, and while the porn business is a supremely easy target for comedy, this movie doesn't have any idea of what might be funny about it, besides perhaps "tee-hee - boobies."

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Friday, September 9, 2011

Rotten: Through all this, one feels nothing more strongly than an acute sympathy for all involved -- in particular Ricci, who gives her role more than it deserves, and Herrmann, a classy character actor who once won a Tony.

- Andrew Barker, Variety, Monday, September 12, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

three stars

- YodaMasterJedi, Friday, August 24, 2012

4 stars


- CreedsDelight, Tuesday, June 12, 2012

0 star

If funny is feeling sick and not laughing, this film is hilarious. Congratulations and welcome to my top 11 worst films of all time list, Mr. Bucky Larson!

- SirPant, Thursday, February 23, 2012