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The Day My Parents Ran Away (1993)

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An irresponsible teen examines his life after his fed-up parents leave him to fend for himself.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Miller
Matt Miller (as Bobby Jacoby)
Melanie Hope (as Brigid Conley Walsh)
Chance Quinn ...
Sam Scott
Dr. Lillianfarb (as Benjamin J. Stein)
Norman Roberts
Mrs. Judy Miller
Arthur Hope
Charlotte Booker ...
Mrs. Dawn Hope
Jane Alden ...
Eric Poppick ...
Roy Yantek


At one time or another, most teenagers have fantasized about being rid of their parents, living in a huge house and having unlimited access to a credit card. All three wishes come true for tough-talking 16-year-old Matt Miller when his fed-up parents leave him to start life anew. Despite the potential for teenage fun, Matt finds that life on his own is more difficult than he anticipated, particularly after the laundry piles up and he grows tired of TV dinners. Suddenly, Matt wants his parents back. However, after Matt tracks his parents down, they deliver a big surprise: they're not returning home. Written by Anonymous

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13 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Missing Parents  »

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Performed by LILLIAN AXE
Produced and Mixed by Leif Mases
Associate Producer Stevie Blaze
Published by Sheer Brilliance (ASCAP)
Courtesy of IRS Records Ltd.
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2 hours of my life I want back
16 October 2011 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

This "zany" teen comedy is kinda terrible. The scenario is bizarre. Entire sections are just plain weird and yet there are a few stellar moments of dialogue. Unfortunately you'd be well advised to just read the quoted on IMDb and forego the viewing experience. The lines are clever but the video viewing experience doesn't really add anything.

The actors are for the most part professional and have done other roles that prove that they're not the problem here. It's partly just that the scenario doesn't stand up to a feature length movie. It might have made an interesting 5 minute skit on Saturday Night live but it's probably not quite good enough for that.

I think I blame the director. It was his first feature length film. Others might have blamed him as well. It was his LAST feature length film.

I've given the movie 4 stars because as bored as I was there were no insufferable bits. I have seen other films that have left me moaning and/or cringing and this is better than those but still...

I'd rate this movie sort of like my last root canal. Not really traumatizing but certainly not 2 hours I'd like to sit through again. At least with the root canal there was the prescription afterward for pain killers.

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