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  • Actors: Aksel Hennie, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Pia Tjelta, Janne Formoe
  • Directors: Morten Tyldum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007A3EIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kristoffer's love life is on the rocks. But what can you expect from a guy who likes to videotape himself and his friends pulling outrageous stunts? So when Kristoffer's video diary winds up at a popular TV show, it's not just his love life that turns upside down. A vibrant young cast explores the true meaning of friendship and love in a heart-warming story about hijinks, crazy roommates and reality television.

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A welcome addition to the youth-oriented film repertoire the world over. ----ScreenDaily

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I did like The Rage in Placid Lake...and I did like Buddy.
Peter Shermeta
The direction is great, the acting superb, and the script outstanding.
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Film Movement's DVD offers a wacky short and is well done.
Lee Armstrong

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2006
Format: DVD
True love's course never did run smooth, particularly for the nutty Norwegians in this hilarious comedy. In his first directorial debut, Morten Tyldum does an excellent job keeping the pace popping. The hand-held camera angles of a reality-based television give way to the steady camera shots of three roommates who are bumbling their way through life & love. Nicolai Cleve Broch who also worked with Aksel Hennie (Geir) in his movie "Uno," is our romantic protagonist. With his full-bodied lips giving him G.Q. good looks, he's an ideal romantic lead whose quizzical smiles are not too heavy, but just deep enough to keep our interest. Broch plays Pals Kristoffer who breaks up with his girlfriend Elizabeth, played by Janne Formoe in her first film. Geir is the balding blonde roommate whose daredevil stunts like jumping from a third-story window mask some regret as the father of a child from his teenage years. Anders Baasmo Christiansen plays the heavyset Stig Inge who is a web designer whose agoraphobia keeps him near home. Kristoffer has a camera and tapes their crazy bachelor lifestyle. During an escape after a prank, some of Kristoffer's tapes fall from his bag and wind up in the hands of a local TV station that wants to base a reality-TV segment on the air. With nothing to lose, all agree and start becoming television personalities. Pals & Geir's day job consists of pasting billboards; and the irony hits as Kristoffer pastes a poster of himself for reality TV. A new roommate, Henriette, enters the picture. She is played by the sultry Pia Tjelta who has appeared in Norwegian films "Mongoland" & "An Enemy of the State (English title).Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane Moore VINE VOICE on March 20, 2005
Format: DVD
--And this movie proves it, it's all over the world!

Kristoffer makes his living putting up billboards with his friend, Geir and spends the rest of his time hanging out with his girlfriend, Elisabeth. He also films his friends doing silly or crazy things. When Elisabeth feels brave enough to give Kristoffer her spare keys, he fearfully breaks up with her saying that things are going too fast. No matter, she has found another---quick.

So, K hangs out with Geir and his new landlord Stig Inge, who has a very real phobia of not wanting to leave the city. He gets an anxiety attack every time he enters the Metro station and remembers that he "forgot to turn off the stove.." etc.

Henriette comes on the scene and moves in with the boys for a few weeks and soothes Kristoffers broken heart, even though she has a boyfriend that she will go on a long sailing trip with in a matter of days. Tangled webs? Especially when Elisabeth comes back!

Even though the premise of the film is that Kristoffers tapes wind up on TV and he becomes a celebrity, you may notice that the review doesn't talk much about that. Probably because we don't see much of it. There is some, but the main plot of this movie has to do with his love life/what happens when he exposes his friends dirty little secrets. I would have liked to see more of the "Jackass" type antics, but it was a good movie all the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shermeta VINE VOICE on March 7, 2007
Format: DVD
Kristoffer and Geir are as close as two friends can be. They live together, work together and get in trouble together and Kristoffer catches every highlight and many lowlights on his camcorder, which he never leaves behind. By accident he loses a few tapes from his bag and they end up in the hands of a local television station that decides to give them their own show. The premise is that they live their lives as usual and film things that happen as usual and the network would air some of the footage. It was all simple enough. And their lives were simple enough...at first. Fame, new women, old women and a paranoid roommate teach these two young men that maybe it is time to grow up a little.

This was a fun, but frustrating, Norse film about young people and their inter-personal relationships. I have seen my fair share of foreign films, but I have to guess this is my first from that part of the world. I would have never found it but for the power of recommendation. Buddy was suggested first as a "you might like this if you liked The Rage in Placid Lake." I did like The Rage in Placid Lake...and I did like Buddy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on April 17, 2009
Format: DVD
A blending of genres, this bittersweet film from Norway is a buddy film and a romantic comedy rolled into one. Two billboard hangers move in with an agoraphobic third man, and life for the three 20-somethings proceeds with no more than the usual rough spots in the road of prolonged adolescence. A budding romance goes sour when the exchange of apartment keys is not equally appreciated by both parties, and another of the three discovers that he has a six-year-old son. Changes are set in motion, however, when their lives become the subject of a reality TV show. Entertaining and enjoyable film about friendship, romantic relationships, and discovering the heart's true desires.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Addy Child on September 6, 2008
Format: DVD
I loved this movie! The actors are all well chosen and talented, and the film is just charming. The storyline is a little predictable, but it's not done in the typical Hollywood way, so you don't feel like you've already seen it a million times with different actors. It is sweet, fresh and honest. A very enjoyable experience.

I watched it on netflix downloadable movies and then ordered it on here!
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