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      My Bodyguard

      PG Released Sep 26, 1980 1 hr. 38 min. Comedy Drama List
      79% 34 Reviews Tomatometer 70% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) is a sensitive, well-to-do teen who becomes the target of bully Melvin Moody (Matt Dillon) after he starts attending a new school. Tired of being picked on, Clifford recruits brooding tough kid Ricky Linderman (Adam Baldwin) to be his bodyguard. While this initially works, and Clifford and Linderman form an unlikely friendship, soon circumstances strain their bond. As Clifford is forced to confront Moody again, Linderman has to deal with his own troubled past. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 27 Buy Now

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      T. Bill debuts as an affectionate director, keenly aware of growing pains.

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      Audience Member We’ve all had bullies in our lifetime but the size of our hearts matters more than the size of our muscles A very young Chris Makepeace, Matt Dillon, Adam Baldwin, and Joan Cusack in director Tony Bill’s first effort Clifford lives with his grandma and father who manages a hotel, Clifford then enrolls to a new school in the city but it’s not all smooth sailing as he’s constantly picked on by the bully Moody However his solution comes in the form of a bodyguard named Linderman I love the movies universal theme about confronting bullying. The Chicago setting works to the movie's advantage too. It’s clear not all kids live in the same homogenous middle-class structure and things like bullying can occur in every income and property line. This definitely feels like required viewing for middle schoolers plus it still has plenty of parables for adults. This movie ended up being a more intimate character study which is good that it doesn’t follow typical teen kid cliches. It’s themes too remain relevant today as it did back then particularly when it comes to adolescence. I love how it’s very relatable tackling bullying, depression, and more bravely gun violence. It ends pretty satisfyingly even if abruptly. Still so many that have experienced these kinds of emotional growing pains will take away something that still rings true right now. A trio of well acted youths and a pretty emotionally-heft script make this movie worth remembering. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/27/23 Full Review MURPH M SOME FILMS GET OVERLOOKED.....AND/OR MISUNDERSTOOD.....My Bodyguard is such a film......I. happened across late tonight when I was working on a project......I needed some background noise.....what I got was a total distraction. A good one. I was surprised when I read the reviews.....It is rare that so many critics get so much wrong. Released in 1980 (when I was 30) I missed it. Maybe I was as cynical as those reviewers in that year but I hope not. The story is a bit of a fairy tale, a fable. Ok, but so what. It is a well done one. The characters feel genuine. The story is very human AND generally believable. It has real heart. I suggest that is worth exploring. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/01/23 Full Review Dave H This was one of my most memorable and favorite movies as a child - pre adolescent. It is stuck with me for decades. I just finished watching again at age 53 and still found it very charming and memorable. It definitely had a lasting impression on me and some of the things I went through and around that age. Great nostalgic film- simple but pure and stays with at least me for decades. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/19/23 Full Review James B I loved this film when I first saw it as a kid and hadn't seen it since then but was delighted to see it was as good as I remember it. It's a well executed drama that I still find myself thinking about days after watching it. A real gem. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/25/23 Full Review Devils A A great movie that reveals the bullying in school and teaches that turn an eye to what goes on in their classes. Thus my *4* star rating!!!! P.S. Did anyone else note that John Goodman had a very small part in this movie.... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Star H Just a great story about high school clicks, with a unique twist. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/11/21 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Variety Staff Variety In his directorial debut, Tony Bill assembles a truly remarkable cast of youngsters with little or no previous acting experience. Jul 24, 2007 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader A film of ingredients, rather than ideas realized and integrated: it panders on different, disjunctive levels. Jul 24, 2007 Full Review Derek Adams Time Out The message that accompanies the central theme -- Kids are basically Nice -- is that Brute Force Rules. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault If you’ve got some safe distance on the experience, though, this cable-TV favorite will ring many bells and keep you engrossed. Rated: B Aug 30, 2022 Full Review Pat M. Kuras Gay Community News (Boston) It’s a shame that My Bodyguard couldn’t have had a more coherent structure, or that it couldn’t concentrate more on the power of friendships. Aug 26, 2022 Full Review Kenneth Turan New West/California Meretricious, dishonest and exploitive, a specious wish-fulfillment fantasy masquerading as a piece of sensitive filmmaking. Nov 4, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) is a sensitive, well-to-do teen who becomes the target of bully Melvin Moody (Matt Dillon) after he starts attending a new school. Tired of being picked on, Clifford recruits brooding tough kid Ricky Linderman (Adam Baldwin) to be his bodyguard. While this initially works, and Clifford and Linderman form an unlikely friendship, soon circumstances strain their bond. As Clifford is forced to confront Moody again, Linderman has to deal with his own troubled past.
      Director
      Tony Bill
      Executive Producer
      Melvin Simon
      Screenwriter
      Alan Ormsby
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      20th Century Fox
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 26, 1980, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 7, 2016
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