Three pre-teen outcasts cross paths when they come to stay with an elderly foster couple. It takes a little while, but these troubled, interesting kids learn about true friendship: how to find it, how to keep it. Kristy McNichol is the surly, mercurial Carlie, and her tough, tomboyish attitude never seems put on; McNichol is a most natural actress who is very at home in front of the camera. One may say she's just playing herself, but the character is a bit of a departure from her 'Buddy' on the hit television drama "Family". She's a wiseacre, an alienated kid who can't see that she pushes people away--and yet wonders why she can't find love. It's an assured performance, as are the ones by Sparky Marcus and Johnny Doran. Is the film just another pat example of TV's infamous Afterschool Special? Yes, it wraps things up a little quickly, but the affects it leaves behind are deeply felt.
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