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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)  »

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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
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6 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful 80's movie & what's wrong with it being predictable..yes, I love movies that you don't know what's going to happen, but every once in a while I love a movie i don't have to guess through. This is a feel good movie. You want to be the characters in this movie & it leaves you with a warm & nostalgic feeling!

Richard Dreyfus is a marvel & he makes everybody that plays with him seem to be a marvel. There are not enough good words to talk about Susan Sarandon. She is as fine an actress as can be. it was great seeing her young & so beautiful. It was very strange however to see Jean Stapleton in this movie. Very weird to see her out of her Edith Bunker character.


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