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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Life Upside Down  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$524,672, 22 January 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,820,049
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The film was never shown theatrically in the UK when first released & went straight to video. See more »

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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Nice forum for a young Richard Dreyfuss and Susan Sarandon.
22 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Nice forum for a young Richard Dryfuss and Susan Sarandon. The story line is a little sappy and way too predictable.

All the characters are stereotypical of the times (early 80's). Maybe seeing the movie in 1984 I would have felt differently about the story line. However, in 2001 it seems trite and fixed.


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