Where the Day Takes You

1992

Where the Day Takes You

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Where the Day Takes You is a gritty look at the lives of runaways who survive on the streets of Los Angeles. The film is told through the recollections of a parolee (Dermont Mulroney) to his prison psychologist (an uncredited Laura San Giacomo). The movie cuts between his interviews and footage of him on the streets, where he tries to convince his friends and fellow runaways not to sink into a life of drugs and violence. The film's cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Christian Slater, Sean Astin, Adam Baldwin, Will Smith, and Lara Flynn Boyle.

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  • Jan 10, 2010
    Quite a brilliant film that's been swept under the carpet for the most part. Dermot Mulroney turns in a fine portrayal as the coin-rolling "leader" of a group of teenage runaways doing what they can to survive living on the streets of Los Angeles. Drugs and prostitution pose as threats to most of the kids being that they seem to be the alternatives to them going back to live with their families, as well as the bureaucratic ideals that oppose this free- wheeling lifestyle which essentially fuels their need of being apart from what is considered to be the right way of going about their young existences. This film is worth seeing for the brilliant character work by Dermot Mulroney alone, but has a cast that delivers quality performances such as Sean Astin's effective portrayal of a drug addicted teen.
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2009
    Not bad, not gripping but not bad. I think i originally watched this because i wanted at the time to see Will smith in a serious role.
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2008
    Urban drama about teen runaways on the streets of Hollywood features a dream cast of young actors (Will Smith makes his feature film debut here). Gritty juvenile delinquency film wants to be hard-hitting, but whenever something meaningful happens, the audience is subjected to tedious rock music by Melissa Etheridge and it becomes a music video. (She's credited with 5 songs on the soundtrack, but I defy anyone to tell them apart). Some nice performances, but ultimately a minor film.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2007
    An interesting movie!
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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