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Now, uh, would we be playing it like little kids like, uh like, like "La-la-la. I'm a little kid."
Well, you wouldn't be playing it like a little retarded kid, but yes, you would be acting youthful.
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Written by Jonathan Richman
Performed by Modern Lovers
Courtesy of Castle Music Ltd.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
Published by Modern Love Songs (ASCAP)
Administered by Joel S. Turtle See more »
Highly enjoyable, terrific look at the sometimes difficult transition between childhood and adulthood. Basically deals with the relationship between Chuck and Buck. 'Best' friends in childhood, but who have now taken completely different paths. Chuck is a successful record executive with a beautiful girlfriend. Buck is still immature and longing for the 'good old days'. Buck tracks Chuck down and tries to turn things back to the way they were, which leads to many problems.
Keenly looks at many universal human experiences from catering to that 'inner child', avoiding change, holding on to memories of simpler times, and even facing the fact that people can change and drift apart. It does all this while still conveying it's message (that accepting change is your best medicine) without ever being too preachy or too cute.
Fairs better than other films of similar type (FLOUNDERING, FREE ENTERPRISE) simply because the characters and situations are more consistent. This allows the viewer to better identify with their own similar experiences.
White as Buck is dynamite. Not only does he convincingly play a 11 year old, but he actually LOOKS like one despite being a adult.
Has a good non-flashy finale that,in it's own low key way, really hits home. A winner. Look quickly for Paul Sand as one of the playhouse directors
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