'Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star' earns a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, tanks at the box office.


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If there’s one ongoing theme in the comments section of this website (besides some of you guys being able to get some amazing deals on XBox), it’s that critics have no idea what they’re talking about and you’re going to see a movie with or without their stupid opinion. But, every now and then, the clouds part, the battle ceases and critic and moviegoer can come together to collectively agree, “Yeesh! That movie is terrible!”

That movie this week was the, uh, comedy(?) Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which earned the rare jewel of a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As it turns out, a movie that stars Nick Swardson and what-on-Earth-are-you-doing-here? Christina Ricci that has a plot, co-written by Adam Sandler, about a microscopically-endowed man who gets into the adult film industry doesn’t sit well with moviegoers. “Hilarious!”, “Ingenious! “, “I can’t wait for the sequel!”, raved no one. Critics were harsh on the flick, with EW‘s own Keith Staskiewicz calling the film, “A one-note joke played over and over and over.”

Turns out, moviegoers heeded the critics’ warnings, as the raunchy flick landed in 15th place this weekend at the box office, bringing in a paltry $1.5 million. So not only could this wind up being one of the worst-reviewed mainstream flicks of 2011, but one of the lowest-grossing, as well. Still, Bucky Larson will get one bragging right: That his movie joins the ranks of fellow critical stinkers like Ballistic Ecks vs. Sever and Love Wedding Marriage. You’re a star, all right!

Did you see Bucky Larson, PopWatchers? Were you as turned off by it as critics? Share in the comments section below!

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  • Dave

    Actually, I snuck in to see this while waiting for another movie. Even for free, I couldn’t sit through more than ten minutes.

    • suzycreamcheese

      me too!

      • Arnie

        Love the commercials! “rated R, bwahahahaha” LOL

    • Dana

      Poor Christina Ricci. She deserves much better. They should have just hired Kim Kardashian for that role, instead they chose to be cruel and tarnish the credibility of a good actress

      • Angie

        Maybe Ricci signed on without reading the script because Sandler was involved, but once she read the script, you’d think she’d bowed out (unless she was paid too much $$ to care, nah). Perhaps she owed somebody a favor, or did it on a dare.

      • dally

        I was thinking blackmail…. wonder what they had on her?

      • Poppy

        @Angie – or Sandler had some naked photos of her or something. I thought that by this time Adam was a little more grown up (pun intended). He’s a little to old for this kind of crap. Hated him on SNL. Never understood what the attraction of this guy was/is…

      • jesse

        @Poppy this seems more embarrassing than naked photos x)

  • AuntieMM

    This movie looked just awful and those commercials were sooooooooooooooooooooooooo obnoxious. Looked liked a bad parody of Boogie Nights without talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jaded

      Seriously! After seeing the commercial for this movie, you couldn’t get me to actually go see it even if you PAID ME!

  • Solamente Dave

    From a guy who’s filmography includes “Seriously, Who Farted?” – what did the filmmakers expect.

    • Regina George

      Seriously, is anybody surprised?


      Do you even know what that is? It’s standup. This movie never the less should burn!

  • ‘Lish

    Um, no.. What would be even funnier is if no one comments on seeing it.

  • ‘Lish

    “Seriously, Who Farted?”, was a really good stand-up special, actually..

  • Tranzchick

    Isn’t this kind of what happened with their last flick Grandma’s Boy? Pretty sure it tanked at the box office, got horrible reviews but then got a cult following as time went by. I have to admit, the first time I saw Grandma’s Boy I thought it was one of the dumbest movies I had ever seen. For some reason I watched it again and enjoyed it a bit more. Now my roommate and I simply can’t miss it when it is on cable. We love it. Very stupid but very funny.

    • pastafarian

      This ain’t no Grandma’s Boy

    • movie_man

      Exactly, Grandma’s Boy is a hilarious stoner movie. 95% of the population wouldn’t understand that kind of crap, funny crap though. Who know’s maybe Bucky Larson will have the same effect. I usually think those guys are hilarious.

    • Ally

      Grandma’s Boy is AWESOME!

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  • Perez Marriot Courtyard

    The promo commercials were so incredibly bad I thought it was trying to be over-the-top, campy bad. Now I see that it is just plain horrific. Good job, Happy Madison!!

    • GaryfromCinci

      The commercials alone made me want to poke my ears out. Everytime it came on, and it was every commercial break on some channels, I turned to my wife and say I F’ng hate this commercial. Not only maybe the worts movie ever, but could be the WORST marketing campaign in the history of movies.. Note to Happy Madison “Rated R” claims with that campy smug a$$ actor do not make people want to go see it. Im so happy maybe now the commercials will cease.

      • jj

        funny. i have never heard of this movie until now- never seen a commercial. obviously i wasn’t missing anything.

      • Aura Lee

        The commercials for this movie were on pretty much every time we watched anything this week. Sometimes advert people need to realize that they are over-saturating the market with commercials. It’s like ABC and those commercials for that show Revenge. I will never want to see it because the ads are everywhere to the point of annoyance.

      • Not funny, JJ

        If you were in touch with anything remotely concerned with Entertainment, movies, magazines,TV, websites, or even sports radio; You would have heard of it.
        The commercials at my house were constantly getting muted, along with the Arby’s “Good Mood Food” A-hole.

    • Kat

      I have LOATHED those commercials as well; I’ve been muting them as soon as the assault on my ears starts. I had no idea what the plot was supposed to be from the commercial. I didn’t even realize it was being released in theaters. I assumed from the obnoxious nature of the commercial (it was like an 11-year-old boy put it together) that it was a direct-to-DVD thing. This failure feels a bit like poetic justice to me. (Okay, I feel bad that these people were misguided enough to think this was in any way a good movie….but seriously, those commercials were AWFUL.)

      • Raysfan

        My 11 year old could have actually made a much better commercial than that. LOL They were the worst commercials I’ve ever seen for anything! So now that it’s tanked, we never have to see them again, right?

    • Desperate

      You can tell that when that guy showed up to do the promos, it was a charity call. Every now and than Sandler does these movies to pay the mortgages and bills of those loser actor firends.

      • Bill

        Lots of adults watch ctoarons for various reasons, and it’s the adults the advertisers need to connect with because they’re the ones with any money. (Or a lack of money in the case of sell-gold commercials that’s also why they advertise tech schools and whatnot at that time.)At least they’re not advertising Cialis.

  • jack hart

    does that means it hits cable next month?

    • jesse

      im thinking comedy central will be showing it before the year is over…

  • Kurt

    I think Christina Ricci lost a bet.

    • Lindsay


    • m1

      Either that or someone bribed her to star in this.

      • Kurt

        It would have been less embarrassing had she done actual porn.

      • liz

        ^ now THAT i would watch ^

  • kaydevo

    After cringing at the obnoxious tv ads for this fiasco, I can’t imagine who in their right mind would spend money to actually see it. Adam Sandler use to be funny, in a stupid, sophomoric way. He clearly needs to grow up.You can write intelligently, without aiming at the very lowest humor possible, and be really funny. See: Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd…

    • Carrell vs. Rudd

      Never compare Steve Carrell to the comedic genius that is Paul Rudd. Steve Carrell thinks he is a thespian or has a great mind for comedy. He quit the only thing he was good at “The Office” to venture into movies that bomb. He should have stayed type-casted and kept earning those huge paychecks, because no movie he will ever do will be any good.

      • jesse

        steve left to spend time with family.

  • Moderation

    Just seeing the commercials made me want to kill everyone involved with this. . . movie. Everyone.

  • whatevs

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who was repulsed by those commercials. I’m sure I lost IQ points because of it.

  • Rolo Tomasi

    Those commercials made me physically ill.

  • Rebecca

    I want to know what 1.5 million (or so) morons shelled out money for this piece of crap.

    • Steve

      1.5 mill made @ $10 a ticket = 150k dumbassess

      • liz

        fair enough…which 150,000 morons shelled out money?

      • Molly

        That number is quite a bit less then the number who which Jersey Shore each week.

    • Mario


  • K8

    Still mystified any of those Happy Gilmore movies make any money, Adam Sandler is not talented, I’m not sure how screaming like a 3 year old in every movie is acting or entertaining let alone something he cowrote

    • Tony

      Wow. While I have to agree that his schtick of stupid voices and idiotic characters in some movies were not as funny to me after I left high school… Saying that Sandler has no talent is a ridiculously incorrect statement. Movies like Punch Drunk Love, Reign over Me, and Spanglish were amazing in their emotion with a tiny bit of humor. Funny People was more on the funny side of serious, but was a good movie also. This man has talent, but has a hard time letting go of his SNL days.

      • K8

        Yeah, sorry, didn’t enjoy any of them or think he was good in them either. Funny People especially was brutal, not one character had a redeeming quality same for Punch Drunk Love, the only thing I left with was a hankering for pudding

      • Jason C.

        Either way they are overall critically acclaimed performances. You might not have liked them, but there is value in what he has done outside of the Happy Madison camp.

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