Nick Swardson: Born to be Bucky Larson

Nick Swardson is about as well equipped to be a star as his character Bucky Larson. He’s not particularly funny, clever, charismatic or attractive. For all intensive purposes he is lacking all the characteristics necessary to be a star.

As a result, Swardson’s filmography reads like a laundry list of what’s wrong with movies these days. The best thing this guy was ever associated with was ‘Almost Famous’, in the pivotal role of “Insane Bowie Fan“.

Yet, somehow, he managed to secure a leading role in a major Hollywood release, ‘Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star’. Actually, it’s not terribly difficult to figure out how this happened.

Adam Sandler.

Sandler and his little group of minions run around pumping out mindless, disposable rubbish with every joke revolving around stupid, ugly people with annoying voices. But it’s a formula that has been profitable… until now.

At the time of this article ‘Bucky Larson’ had earned $1.8M domestically. Even the virtually unwatchable ‘You Don’t Mess with the Zohan’ managed to rake in over $100M.

Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star’ was written by Sandler, Swardson, and Allen Covert, and revolves around a small town dimwit who heads to Hollywood to seek fortune and fame in the adult film industry after learning his parents were porn stars. The “big” joke is Bucky has a small penis.

Listening to Swardson talk about the character and the movie itself is heartbreaking. The way he describes Bucky and what he wanted the movie to be and knowing how radically different and distorted the final product is from his vision is almost painful.

In the mind of Nick Swardson, Bucky is a sweet and innocent small town everyman, an easily-relatable and sincere human being. I think Swardson set out to make something along the lines of ‘Forrest Gump does Dallas”. In reality, what he’s created is a boring, one-dimensional character who flounders his way through a sea of small penis jokes and awkward situations eventually reaching the completely unsatisfying climax.

Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star’ bombed at the box office, was hated by both critics and audiences as well as received the exceptional and rare  0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

After writing, producing and starring in a movie that failed in every sense of the word, ‘Bucky Larson’ may make Nick Swardson a star after all.


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We’re two SurlyGurls brought together by a love of all things awesome and an equal hate of all things which are an affront to awesomeness everywhere.

Posted on September 15, 2011, in MOVIES & FILMS, OPINION, REVIEWS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Is it in the “so-bad-it’s-good” category? If not, then it really is a waste of film.
    Someone should stop Adam Sandler from ever making a movie again…although he might have already done that himself by releasing this one.

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