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The Day My Parents Ran Away (1993)

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

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Bob Miller
Robert Jayne ...
Matt Miller (as Bobby Jacoby)
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Melanie Hope (as Brigid Conley Walsh)
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Leo
Chance Quinn ...
Val
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Sam Scott
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Dr. Lillianfarb (as Benjamin J. Stein)
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Waldo
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Andrea
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Norman Roberts
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Mrs. Judy Miller
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Arthur Hope
Charlotte Booker ...
Mrs. Dawn Hope
Jane Alden ...
Millicent
Eric Poppick ...
Roy Yantek
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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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He's Home Alone And He Likes It That Way. See more »

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13 December 1993 (USA)  »

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Missing Parents  »

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Matt Miller: Did you know that Viet Cong wasn't really King Kong's brother? They were guerrillas though...
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Written by Julian Orbon, José Fernández Díaz, Hector Angulo and José Martí
Arranged by Pete Seeger and Chris Kinsman
Performed by Chris Kinsman
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Condescending comedy about parent-child relations. (spoilers)
22 January 2006 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I can't figure out whether this film is an attempt to somehow draw a truce between parents and their teen children (a rocky relationship as a result of some sort of lack of communication or misunderstanding). Assuming that this was the ultimate point to the tale, it hardly comes off as insightful, but rather, condescending to both sides.

Bobby Jayne plays Matt Miller, a high school teen who seems to have his parents under his thumb, much to the chagrin of his father (played by Matt Frewer), who finally snaps forcing him (I suppose) to abandon his son who just doesn't seem to get it. At first, the absence of parental supervision, and the temporary grant of a credit card and the house, leaves open many opportunities and of course, all-night house parties. Matt thinks he's at the head of some kind of teen revolution and is the new spokesman for the teenager's complaints. To put them into some sort of perspective. But of course things go slowly wrong as the adults make all the wrong assumptions and worse, he starts to miss his parents. But not all wrong, of course, as he also figures out that maybe being an adult, or at least acting like one (to a certain degree) won't be so bad. It might actually be easy...

We're supposed to be, in addition to being entertained, trying to understand the perils and misunderstandings of each age group. But, the teenagers in particular are presented in such a condescending manner (the language hardly relates). Matt Miller especially does a lot of whining and really comes off as quite obnoxious throughout the whole movie, even what may appear to be the more sentimental moments. The parents, too, look like dolts (although the filmmakers do a good job of leading you to believe that this story isn't going to end on a happy note because of the father's reluctance to leave the new life).

The story itself wasn't so bad. Granted, it seems to go a little overboard, but the extremity of the circumstances are permissible in this case--they were after all, trying to make a point. But I think that, had the filmmakers actually put more thought into their characters, it would have been a much funnier, much more memorable film.


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