Where the Day Takes You (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Where the Day Takes You (1992)

TOMATOMETER

——

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Where the Day Takes You Videos

Where the Day Takes You Photos

Movie Info

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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
New Line Cinema

Watch it now

Cast

Sean Astin
as Greg
Balthazar Getty
as Little J
James LeGros
as Crasher
Will Smith
as Manny
Ricki Lake
as Brenda
Robert Knepper
as Rock Singer
Peter Dobson
as Tommy Ray
Adam Baldwin
as Officer Black
Laura San Giacomo
as Interviewer
Debbie James
as Mrs. Burtis
Leo Rossi
as Mr. Burtis
Rachel Ticotin
as Officer Landers
Ken Kerman
as Older Cop
Cynthia Szigeti
as Counselor
Joey Dedio
as Teen
Dennis Phun
as Korean Man
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Where the Day Takes You

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Though hovering between art and sociology, realism and stylization, Rocco's film serves as showcase for young cohort of actors including Will Smith, Sean Astin, Dermot Mulroney, Lara Flynn Boyle and Balthazar Getty.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

Nothing new here to be glommed, but this slickly done film is nevertheless hard-hitting.

Full Review… | February 15, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Where the Day Takes You

½

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
Eric S

Super Reviewer

½

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 Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

½

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 Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Where the Day Takes You Quotes

Discussion Forum

Discuss Where the Day Takes You on our Movie forum!

News & Features