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80s movie where a 17 year old is taking care of his younger siblings. His main source of income is pretending to be an old lady that answers in the newspaper. He has to dress up like an old man and pretend to be the grandfather in front of child services

A couple of kids are living on their own without their parents. The oldest guy, I think was 17. He worked a number of jobs to take care of his younger siblings, which I think were a boy and a girl. He has one job running the advice column in the newspaper, which runs a picture of an old lady, but they're his answers. There was a scene with the 17 year old working another job where he says a line like, "it doesn't matter what you put in the pot. What matters is how you stir the stew." A few scenes later, another character reads this line out of the advice column. Later on, they get a call from child services. They are going to be checked up on. They makeup the 17 year old to look like an old man, and he does the interview pretending to be the grandfather. It seems to go well till the end where he scratches his face and his fake moustache goes askew. I dont recall how that gets resolved, but at the end, the 3 kids decide to move to Hawaii after the 17 year old becomes an adult and gets custody of his brother and sister.
asked Jan 26 in Name That Movie by master41 (535 points)

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answered Jan 28 by VHS_Lives (11,033 points)
selected Jan 28 by master41