My Bodyguard
My Bodyguard (1980)

This quietly compelling film explores the hardships and anxieties of high school with intelligence, sensitivity, warmth and humor. Chris Makepeace stars as a shy, bookish student who has recently moved to Chicago and begun a new school.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 29, 2002
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Variety Staff
Variety

In his directorial debut, Tony Bill assembles a truly remarkable cast of youngsters with little or no previous acting experience.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie is fun to watch because it touches memories that are shared by most of us, and because its young characters are recognizable individuals, and not simplified cartoon figures like so many movie teen-agers.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

Coming of age story still relevant and engaging.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A film of ingredients, rather than ideas realized and integrated: it panders on different, disjunctive levels.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A sweet little movie about characters who really seem to be people, and that sort of verisimilitude is rarer than it ought to be nowadays.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Makepeace is excellent as the slight protagonist, and Baldwin is perfect as the brooding, misunderstood mammoth.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The message that accompanies the central theme -- Kids are basically Nice -- is that Brute Force Rules.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

That's why I keep coming back to My Bodyguard: It continually reveals new layers of truth about what it's really like to be a teenager, whether an outcast, a bully or the bullied.

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Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

Pah-lease...so goofy

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Clifford Peache: Will you be my bodyguard? I'll pay you fifty cents every day. I'll do your homework for you. I'm pretty smart.  My Bodyguard… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
We enjoyed this muchly as kids. It's a poignant movie like a super-version of an Afterschool special. I'm sure it would still go over well with kids… More
AJ Verser
A great teen drama/comedy movie. The story is both quirky and realistic. I really liked this movie, it's fun.
James Alvarez
After all these years I still liked it.