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The Buddy System (1984)

A quiet school truant officer, Joe, uncovers a young boy's attempt to fake a residential address, and subsequently gets involved romantically with the boy's mother. The truant officer ... See full summary »

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Joe
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Emily
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Carrie
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Mrs. Price
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Tim
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Jim Parks
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Dr. Knitz
Tom Lacy ...
The Man Who Gives Emily the Test
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Ray
Carolyn Coates ...
Teacher
Milton Selzer ...
Landlord
Todd Everett ...
Frank
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Lawyer
Bianca Ferguson ...
Woman Customer
Lew Horn ...
Pet Shop Owner
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A quiet school truant officer, Joe, uncovers a young boy's attempt to fake a residential address, and subsequently gets involved romantically with the boy's mother. The truant officer waffles between a sadistic relationship with his on-again, off-again girlfriend and the mother. When one of the officer's inventions takes off, he chooses the girl and shatters the friendship with the boy and his mother. Only at the last possible moment does he figure out what he's sacrificed, and attempts to get it back. Written by Cheryl Pickard <cpickard@interaccess.com>

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20 January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Upside Down  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$524,672 (USA) (22 January 1984)

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$1,820,049 (USA)
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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss would play the grownup version of Wil Weaton's character in Stand By Me. See more »

Goofs

while Joe, Emily and Tim were having a toast to celebrate the sale of the "dog wash", Emily's glass of liquid raised and lowered twice. Not a lot but noticeable. See more »

Quotes

Carrie: How would you feel if I wanted to know every little thing about you?
Joe: I'd feel loved.
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Soundtracks

Here's That Sunny Day
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Music by Patrick Williams
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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Deeper than it seems.
5 June 2010 | by (Redlands CA) – See all my reviews

Seemed like a harmless little movie, no exploding cars, morphing robots, no murders. Just a little nerdy (Will W brags on being nerdy, he was just in type) kid with issues, having a single Mom for a parent. She also has issues being enmeshed with Tim (sleeping in each other's beds) and excessively guilt-ridden over his shortcomings. Joe does security at Tim's school, is also trying to write a book, invent a portable dog washer, pay the bills, keep his girlfriend happy (she gets pregnant) and maintain the relationship which Tim is trying to cook up with his mom. Naturally the relationship ebbs and flows, everybody moves, links are broken and reestablished, emotions come and go. All three main actors do a workmanlike job, as their careers are just about to skyrocket.


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