Bucky Larson Born to be a Star Movie Review: Swardson is Sweet

Nick Swardson is Bucky Larson in Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star, and to our surprise, he has helped to craft a film that is not crass as much as it is creatively sweet. Swardson is clearly one of our most talented comedians and that stellar ability is on full display in Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star.

Christina Ricci and Nick Swardson in Bucky Larson
Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star is definitely produced by Adam Sandler and his production company, Happy Madison. It has that feel and some of the actor’s favorite players including Swardson (Just Go With It) and Kevin Nealon. There are two other performers are prove they are game for the madness of Happy Madison movies, Don Johnson and Christina Ricci. Both shine in their roles as the two people, other than Bucky’s parents, who are integral to Larson’s growth as a character as well as the parties responsible for moving the plot along through Bucky’s eyes.

The film is not the most outstanding comedy we’ve seen all year, but audiences should be completely surprised by how insanely funny it is, and large part of that credit has to go to Swardson — the actor is truly coming into his own.

Matching how Sandler grew from SNL player to controller of his own movie destiny, Swardson is a co-writer, producer in addition to starring in Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star. It is, in fact, Swardson who proves with this film that it is he that is born to be a star.

Although the film follows a young man from Iowa who when he learns his parents were huge porn stars in the 1970s, heads to Hollywood to follow in their footsteps, it is not a porn parody film. I would argue that the porn industry in many ways is a minor player in what makes Bucky Larson work.

Once he arrives in Hollywood, he meets a sugary sweet Christina Ricci. She is more than a love interest. The actress provides a heart to the film that gives Larson his moral compass beyond what he inherently knew prior to his arrival in Los Angeles. She sees something in Bucky Larson that is exactly what audiences will see in Swardson’s character. He may look funky with his bowl haircut and seriously buck teeth, yet Larson is a dreamer and who cannot identify with his passion for pursuing a destiny?

Bucky Larson is the surprise comedy hit for the fall. If you are a fan of Happy Madison movies, Swardson, Nealon or even Johnson, run, don’t walk to the cinemas for a little living the Larson life. It is equally sweet as it is innocently inane. And we mean that in the most adoring of ways.

Russell Crowe to Sing, Seek Justice in Les Miserables Remake

He can fight off fellow Gladiators, he can solve difficult math equations and, in 2013, he’ll prove that he can give birth to iconic superheroes.

But can Russell Crowe really sing? Movie goers are about to find out.

Russell Crowe Red Carpet Pic

The Oscar winner, who fronts the band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, has signed on to star as Inspector Javert in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaption of Les Miserables. Crowe will be chasing down Hugh Jackman’s Jean Valjean – prisoner 24601, of course – in the big screen version of the beloved musical.

The film will be released on December 7, 2012 and penned by William Nicholson, the writer behind the the long-running play, which itself is based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel.

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Weekend Movie Preview: September 9, 2011

Contagion hopes to spread the fear, Warrior compels while Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star aims to send audiences into a fit of funny as three new films debut this weekend.

Matt Damon Contagion Still

Contagion features an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and is directed by Steven Soderbergh — so count on several definites: Stellar acting and a brilliant director at his best.

Bucky Larson Born to be a Star has Nick Swardson coming into his own as the funnyman co-wrote and co-produces the latest comedy from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison productions.

Warrior stars Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte in a film that is being called a Rocky for our times.

Contagion: Soderbergh has weaved a web of thrills and complete terror as no horror movie could achieve because it is so real. What would happen if a woman (Paltrow) came back from a trip to Asia infected with a Contagion that would wind up killing millions of people? It could happen and that is what makes Contagion so compelling, besides the fact it is expertly made.

Contagion Teaser Trailer

Bucky Larson Born to be a Star: Swardson takes the title as the most awkward porn star wanna-be that audiences actually pull for to succeed. Bucky Larson heads to Hollywood when he learns his parents were porn stars in the 1970s in hopes of continuing the family legacy while fulfilling his destiny.

Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star Trailer

Warrior: Edgerton and Hardy are MMA fighters and brothers whose careers and lives are on a collision course to the ultimate face-off in the ring where fate and family collide.

Warrior Trailer

Bucky Larson Exclusive: Nick Swardson Video Interview

Nick Swardson is ready for his close-up in Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star. The supporting player in Adam Sandler films (Just Go With It) and 30 Minutes or Less opposite Danny McBride is front and center in the film that features him as a co-writer, producer and full-on star.

Nick Swardson and Christina Ricci in Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star
Swardson is visiting with Movie Fanatic for an exclusive video interview at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and is sitting awaiting us in the very same room where I interviewed Jim Carrey. With his performance as a dim-witted Iowa boy who heads to Hollywood with dreams of being a porn star, we for one, hope this comedian possesses the same star trajectory that Carrey has enjoyed.

Watching Swardson in Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star, in his buck toothed, bowl haircut style, is a piece of pure joy. There’s an innocence to Swardson’s characterization of Bucky Larson that brings a sweetness to a film that could otherwise be nothing but a naughty comedy trip.

Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star lands in theaters September 9 and features a cast that is all game for bringing Swardson’s silliness to the masses including Kevin Nealon, Stephen Dorff, Christina Ricci and Don Johnson.

Bucky Larson: Nick Swardson Exclusive Video Interview

J. Edgar: Clint Eastwood’s Film to open AFI Fest

Before anyone has even seen a frame of footage, the Clint Eastwood directed, Leonardo DiCaprio starring J. Edgar is considered a front-runner to earn Best Picture honors at this year’s Academy Awards. The American Film Institute must have thought so as the flick is set to open their annual film festival.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as J. Edgar

DiCaprio stars as the notorious leader of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. The man held the position longer than anyone in history. His tenure is littered with controversy and rumors as to his personal life. We hope every inch of his story appears in Eastwood’s biopic.

The president of AFI, Bob Gazzale, commented on the selection of J. Edgar for leading his film fest. “Clint Eastwood is an American icon — one whose work as a director, actor, producer and composer not only stands the test of time, but also continues to add new, rich chapters with each passing year.”

This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the AFI fest, which gets going in Los Angeles on November 3.