Where The Day Takes You (1991)

by robinhardwick

The Unwatchables

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You know a movie about homeless teens is effective when the thirteen-year-old watching the film in 1991 has a strong desire to become homeless teen. It wasn’t the excessive drug use, prostitution and violence of living on the streets that attracted me, it was that this was a tight-knit group of friends who enjoyed each other’s company and cared about each other. As I was navigating the social topography of junior high school, a group was all I wished for. This is probably why this R-rated film was a commercial failure, as its rating prevented those who would have loved it film actually seeing it in the theaters.

And what an ensemble. Sean Astin, Balthazar Getty, Ricki Lake, Alyssa Milano, Lara Flynn Boyle…all doing drugs, prostituting themselves, shooting people, begging on the streets. But this wasn’t filmed as an after-school special. THe film doesn’t condone the behavior, but does a…

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