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Anyway, Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) has a problem besides his really bad mushroomed shaped harido. Having just transferred from a private to public school, Clifford has run afoul of a gang of toughs, led by Moody (Matt Dillon) whose main source of income is extorting money from kids under the premise of protection from another kid, Ricky Linderman (Alec Baldwin). See, legend has it that Ricky, a boy larger than most, has done all kinds of things from killing a kid, raping a teacher, to shooting a cop. Moody and his gang claim to provide protection from Ricky, but, really, they are only providing protection against themselves, because not paying Moody would result in a beating from Moody or any of his cronies. Clifford angers Moody and his goons by refusing to pay, which results in all kinds of harassment.
Clifford, seeing that even the bullies are afraid of Ricky, approaches Ricky to try and make a deal to get him to be his bodyguard. Ricky agrees initially, but backs out as Clifford tries to learn more about Ricky, about his past and why he's so feared. I've noticed some reviewers have tried to infer some sort of burgeoning homoerotic relationship between these two characters, but I really didn't see it. It's sad that two male characters in a movie can't develop a close friendship without some people labeling it as something other than what it is...Read more ›
The standout performance belongs to Adam Baldwin. 17 when this was filmed, Baldwin's performance is nothing short of astonishing. His Linderman is classic "tough guy" on the outside, frightened loner beneath the surface. Properly fearful looking (the whole school is scared of this guy) Baldwin nonetheless makes it impossible for you not to feel for this kid and when, out of his greasy, shapeless clothes and cleaned up and dressed for dinner at the hotel, his smile and demeanor
Chris Makepeace shines as the tale's protagonist, Clifford and his persistence in courting friendship with Linderman is a turning point in the film: a bond is formed, and people start opening up. When, at dinner a secret Linderman is embarassed of surfaces, Cliff's Grandma holds his arm and says "You're among friends, Ricky, you're among friends"
As that Grandma, Ruth Gordon is simultaneously touching and predictably hilarious ("Bats, bats!") whether getting tipsy and flirting with married guests or dispensing relationship advice to her grandson ("never hit a woman . . . men think they want that but they're wrong!" )
One forgets how young and fresh Matt Dillon, Joan Cusack were when they started and both are terrific here. Many other recognizable faces and names pop up throughout the movie.
What a really terrific little movie this is!
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It was a good movie for it's time. I would really like to see a modern remake.Published 15 days ago by Jeffrey N.
Classic 80's movie. Holds up great. Matt Dillon shines as the bully. Christopher Makepeace ruled 1980. Meatballs and my body guard are true gems.
A definite must watch.
I remember watching this movie at 7 years old back in 97'. I loved it then and I love it now. Just a good solid movie experience for all.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I made my family watch this movie with me the day it arrived. It arrived in perfect condition, and on time. Now for the review of the actual movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jasmine
Great movie. My 9 and 10 year old boys loved it. I remember watching it when I was about that age.Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Kerr
Not the DVD pictured. Going to keep DVD sent its older version of same movie and does have both wide and full screen versions. Two star for being dishonest with ad.Published 2 months ago by DP
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