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A cautious single mom and a frustrated writer dance around the prospect of getting together in this romantic comedy. Caustic, difficult Emily (Susan Sarandon) lives with her potty-mouthed son, Tim (Wil Wheaton), and her obnoxiously bossy mother (Jean Stapleton). Her social life consists of afternoon dalliances with a total cad. When part-time writer/inventor and full-time school security guard Joe (Richard Dreyfuss) passes up the chance to turn Tim in for not meeting the school's residency requirements, a paranoid Emily accuses him of masterminding a blackmail scheme. Unbeknownst to Emily, though, the friendless, fatherless Tim strikes up an unlikely friendship with Joe. Eventually, against her better judgement, so does Emily herself. But when one of Joe's inventions begins to take off, his sadistic ex-girlfriend, Carrie (Nancy Allen), shows up to spoil things. Directed by TV vet Glenn Jordan, The Buddy System was written by future Beaches scribe Mary Agnes Donohue. The film marked the feature debut of future Stand By Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Wheaton. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast

Richard Dreyfuss
as Joe
Susan Sarandon
as Emily
Nancy Allen
as Carrie
Jean Stapleton
as Mrs. Price
Wil Wheaton
as Tim
Edward Winter
as Jim Parks
Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton
Jimmy E. Keegan
as Tree
Tom Lacy
as The Man Who Gives Emily the Test
Lee Weaver
as Ray
Carolyn Coates
as Teacher
Milton Selzer
as Landlord
Todd Everett
as Frank
F. William Parker
as Lawyer
Lew Horn
as Pet Shop Owner
Frank Coppola
as Mr. Fleeze
Jason Hervey
as Potato
Adam Carl
as Corn
Todd Everett
as Frank
Jimmy E. Keegan
as Tree
Frank Coppola
as Mr. Fleeze
Tom Lacy
as The Man Who Gives Emily the Test
Lew Horn
as Pet Shop Owner
Jason Hervey
as Potato
Carolyn Coates
as Teacher
Lee Weaver
as Ray
F. William Parker
as Lawyer
Milton Selzer
as Landlord

Crew

Glenn Jordan
Director
Mary Agnes Donoghue
Screenwriter
Matthew Leonetti
Cinematographer
Patrick Williams
Songwriter
Patrick Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Will Jennings
Songwriter
Arthur Schmidt
Editor
Rodger Maus
Production Designer
Robert Checchi
Set Designer
Joseph G. Aulisi
Costume Designer
Peter L. Bergquist
First Assistant Director
Theodore Soderberg
Sound Mixer
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Mike Fenton
Casting
Chris Soldo
Second Assistant Director
Dianne I. Wager
Set Dresser
Michael Hilkene
Sound Editor
Leonard Drake
Hair Styles
Don Isaacs
Sound Editor
Gordon A. Webb
Unit Production Manager
Bill MacSems
Properties Master
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