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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.







Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Miller
Matt Miller (as Bobby Jacoby)
Melanie Hope (as Brigid Conley Walsh)
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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A Comedy Where Parental Guidance Is Not Required. See more »




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Release Date:

13 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Missing Parents  »

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1.85 : 1
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References The $64,000 Question (1955) See more »


Performed by The Alarm
Written by Eddie MacDonald (as MacDonald) / Mike Peters (as Peters)
Produced by John Porter and The Alarm
Published by Illegal Songs, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of IRS Records Ltd.
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good entertainment if you're bored and it's free
9 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I only watched this movie because it came on late at night and I was up. I missed the first couple of minutes, so I didn't know what was on, just that it was a movie. It took about 2/3 of the movie before I started to "get it"; until then, I had been spending a lot of mental energy simply trying to figure out _what_ this movie _was_ -- not the title, I mean what it _was_. Some parts of it still don't make much sense, but, strangely enough, I actually enjoyed this oddball film. I thought all the major players nailed their characters pretty well, and the bizarre story kept me guessing enough to have fun watching. There were some good laughs (mostly intentional), and one thing I very much appreciated was that, while each character was cohesive and most of the main ones were multi-faceted, the scripting was unpredictable; that brought the characters (and the movie) to life for me. These people were fun to watch and I was always curious about what would happen next.

The one thing I _really_ don't get, though, is... what the heck was the deal with Sam Scott??? The guy was a raving looney. I kept waiting for the explanation to be that that whole TV show was an elaborate setup by Matt's parents, or something... but apparently it was real. And did the show really end the way it appeared to? If so, shouldn't Matt have, like, been arrested, or something?!!? LOL! I don't care; it was still a fun movie to watch.

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