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Ricky Stanicky

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Ricky Stanicky Movie Details:

Country United States
Language English
GenreFantasy, Comedy
Release DateMarch 7, 2024
Running Time1h 54m
Age ratingR
CastZac Efron
John Cena
Jermaine Fowler
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Written byBrian Jarvis
James L. Freeman
Peter Farrelly
Jeffrey Bushell
Steve Oedekerk
David Occhino
Produced byPaul Currie
John Jacobs
Thorsten Schumacher
Michael De Luca
Cinematography by John Brawley
Edited by Patrick J. Don Vito
Music byDave Palmer
Production CompaniesFootloose Productions
Michael De Luca Productions
Rocket Science
Smart Entertainment
Distributor Amazon MGM Studios

Ricky Stanicky Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Zac Efron as Dean
  • John Cena as Rod / Ricky Stanicky
  • Jermaine Fowler as Wes
  • Andrew Santino as JT
  • Lex Scott Davis
  • William H. Macy as Ted Summerhayes
  • Anja Savcic


When three childhood best friends pull a prank gone wrong, they invent the imaginary Ricky Stanicky to get them out of trouble! Twenty years after creating this ‘friend,’ Dean, JT, and Wes (Zac Efron, Andrew Santino, and Jermaine Fowler) still use the nonexistent Ricky as a handy alibi for their immature behavior. When their spouses and partners get suspicious and demand to finally meet the fabled Mr. Stanicky, the guilty trio decide to hire washed-up actor and raunchy celebrity impersonator “Rock Hard” Rod (John Cena) to bring him to life. But when Rod takes his role of a lifetime too far, they begin to wish they’d never invented Ricky in the first place.

About Ricky Stanicky Movie:

Ricky Stanicky is an American comedy film directed by Peter Farrelly. The film stars Zac Efron, John Cena, Jermaine Fowler, Andrew Santino, Lex Scott Davis, and William H. Macy.

On May 20, 2010, it was reported that James Franco was attached to play the title role in Ricky Stanicky, with the screenplay written by David Occhino and Jason Decker, Jeffrey Bushell, and Summit Entertainment negotiating to finance the film, to be produced by Michael De Luca and John Jacobs. Bushell’s script had placed on the 2010 Black List of Best Unproduced Screenplays.

In 2012, after Franco moved on from the role, it was briefly considered by Joaquin Phoenix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On April 9, 2013, it was reported that, after considering the role for about a year, Jim Carrey would star in Ricky Stanicky for Summit Entertainment, with Steve Oedekerk directing, Oedekerk rewriting the screenplay with Bushell, and De Luca and Jacobs producing.

On September 9, 2022, it was reported that Peter Farrelly would direct Ricky Stanicky in early 2023 and that he was in talks with Zac Efron and John Cena to star. The screenplay was written by Farrelly, Brian Jarvis, and James L. Freeman, based on an original spec script by Bushell and Oedekerk.

On February 1, 2023, it was reported that Amazon had acquired worldwide rights to the film, which would star Efron, Cena, and Jermaine Fowler. On February 7, 2023, it was reported that William H. Macy, Anja Savcic, Andrew Santino, and Lex Scott Davis had joined the cast. The film is produced by Paul Currie of Footloose Productions, Michael De Luca of Michael De Luca Productions, Thorsten Schumacher of Rocket Science, and John Jacobs of Smart Entertainment.

Filming took place in Melbourne, Australia, in February and March 2023, with Melbourne doubling for Providence, Rhode Island. The film received financial support from Australia’s Location Incentive and Victorian Screen Incentive programs.

Ricky Stanicky was released by Amazon MGM Studios through its streaming service Prime Video on March 7, 2024.


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