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Rich Kids (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | August 1979 (USA)
Two 12 year olds, the products of Upper West Side broken homes, struggle to make sense of their parents lives and their own adolescent feelings

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Franny Philips
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Jamie Harris
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Madeline Philips
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Paul Philips
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Ralph Harris
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Steve Sloan
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Barbara Peterfreund
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Simon Peterfreund
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Ralph's Secretary
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Gym Teacher
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Corine (as Bea Winde)
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Two ultra-precocious Upper West Side twelve-year-olds, Franny and Jamie, are best friends. Jamie, the "new boy" in town, has experienced his parents' divorce and guides his friend Franny in the art of surviving her own folks' imminent split. Franny senses the divorce because she has been secretly watching her father arrive home at 5:00 every morning and pathetically try to brush off (to his wife) and hide (from his daughter) the fact that he has been away all night. She is down in the dumps and finds a kindred spirit in her buddy Jamie, whose mother and father split up long ago. He points out the advantages of being a "child of divorce" - and is so persuasive that he almost convinces himself as well as Franny. When Franny connivingly convinces her parents to let her go to a sleep-over with Jamie, they explore their budding curiosity for the opposite sex. When Franny's mother finds the book "The Joy of Sex" in her daughter's bedroom and discovers that her daughter has deceived her, ... Written by thustlebird

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What happens when kids grow up and parents don't? See more »

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August 1979 (USA)  »

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Crianças de Valor  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Part of this was filmed at New York City's Calhoun School. They were extremely cooperative with the shooting. The Calhoun School is a college preparatory institution located in the heart of Manhattan's West Side. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Harris: [asking about his son's weekend with Franny] So how was it? How was it before they scraped the floor?
Jamie Harris: Neat!
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References Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) See more »

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You Knock Me Out
Composed by Craig Doerge
Lyrics by Allan F. Nicholls (as Allan Nicholls)
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RICH KIDS. . . They know.
29 August 2005 | by (California USA) – See all my reviews

Franny is 12 years old. She, unknowingly, is the glue that keeps her parents together. When she starts keeping tabs on her Dad, however, she begins to unravel the thread that we all dread, Mom and Dad aren't too happy with one another and they are not being honest with their little girl about it. So she starts learning about divorce from a new boy in school who has recently been through it. She realizes that kids have a maturity level that parents never will achieve. Thus said, the parents embark on an all out search for their daughter amidst the crazy world of a rich kid who has everything. His Dad lives in the most idyllic bachelor pad and doesn't dote on him, his mother is happily married to a psychiatrist cause she doesn't have to pay for the sessions. Ahhh the pleasures of divorce. Franny comes full circle with the acknowledgement of her fighting parents and that it's not her fault and they will love her no matter what. If you are a Robert Altman fan then this film is for you. If you like a good family film with a great score then this is for you. I saw it in the theaters in 1979 and have since loved it on every viewing. I wish this movie was on DVD, but for the time being look for it on Showtime or Encore in WS.


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