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      The Buddy System

      PG 1984 1 hr. 50 min. Comedy List
      Reviews 50% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Joe (Richard Dreyfuss) is a truant officer -- and part-time inventor -- who befriends a student named Tim (Wil Wheaton) and becomes romantically involved with his mother, Emily (Susan Sarandon). Joe then alternates between Emily and an unhealthy relationship with his girlfriend, Carrie (Nancy Allen). Eventually he must choose between the two women and decides to stick with Carrie, devastating both Tim and his mother. But Joe soon realizes he's made a big mistake, and hopes it isn't too late. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Worth watching just for Wil. This movie may look like an afterschool special but I like that - the story is already very sweet and charming. The ending song ("Here's That Sunny Day") had me crying. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Sarandon and Dreyfuss worked well together. A great performance by a very young Wil Wheaton. A cute story! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is so much better than it should be. Lil' Wil Wheaton is adorable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Richard & Susan work very well together in this underated comedy romance, also Nancy Allen has a wonderful role as Richard's self obsessed girlfriend. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member I remember this film having tons of charm. Dreyfuss and Sarandon were great. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member the kid was annoying while Susan and Richard were holding the weight on there own! I generally liked it but there was something lacking Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Susan Shapiro Sojourner The worst part of this film was seeing how many kids were in the audience. Aug 20, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Joe (Richard Dreyfuss) is a truant officer -- and part-time inventor -- who befriends a student named Tim (Wil Wheaton) and becomes romantically involved with his mother, Emily (Susan Sarandon). Joe then alternates between Emily and an unhealthy relationship with his girlfriend, Carrie (Nancy Allen). Eventually he must choose between the two women and decides to stick with Carrie, devastating both Tim and his mother. But Joe soon realizes he's made a big mistake, and hopes it isn't too late.
      Director
      Glenn Jordan
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English