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The Buddy System (1984)

 -  Drama | Comedy | Romance  -  4 May 1984 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Edward Winter ...
Jim Parks
Keene Curtis ...
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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Storyline

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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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Upside Down  »

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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 (as Gladys Knight and The Pips)
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Very cute, feel-good film
21 September 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I loved The Buddy System. Yes, it was very cheesy and completely predictable. But, if you like slushy romantic dramas, this one is for you. Richard Dreyfuss is brilliant as usual as the wannabe writer. Susan Sarandon plays the potential love interest, and the ever cute Wil Wheaton as her little son. The scene in which Timmy (Wheaton) explains to his mother (Sarandon) about the meaning of "The Buddy System" is like the core of the film - this is where you understand the whole meaning of it. A very cosy movie that leaves you believing there could be happy endings in real life, too.


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