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TheMovie Where the Day Takes You
TheMovie Where the Day Takes You
The absence of family cover in a youths` life potentially breedsantisocial behavior in the community. In retrospect, where the daytakes you is a typical movie that positively reiterates the statementon "youths behavior is greatly influenced by the absence ofpresence of family." Several runaway teenagers from their homesend up in the streets to start a new life of struggle with streetpeople. All the teenagers in the street have a story that pushed themt seek peace outside their homes into the streets. Consequently, theymeet one street lad by the name King who takes up the responsibilityof showing the new teenager`s way around the streets. King has beenon the street for a while and has developed resilience to the shrewdlife. Furthermore, he is a social misfit who is engaged in all mannerof illegal and unacceptable societal behavior in order to survive.King has to survive, and this is the best way he knows how. Theteenagers encounter King and are quickly turned into societalmisfits. Eventually, they build pseudo-family in the street whosemeans of survival is drug sales, robbery, violence, prostitution andmany other unwanted acts. King is their leader who stands out as thetypical father and ruler figure who creates and environment where theteens feel appreciated.
The leader has been in and out of jail several times and spent hislife with his friend Little J and Greg. Little J is lured by hisfriend into gay prostitution and recalls rape ordeal he went throughwhile young while Greg is an drug addicted abuser. Moreover, hespends more time stealing in order to get money to purchase drugs.Heather, who seems to be more elderly, provides the essentiallyneeded motherly attention to the group. Heather on the other hand whowas Kings Friend turns out to have been raped by her brother. Insummary, the kids are out in the street because they have experienceda certain life in the past at home that did not favor them. Even withthe face of harsh street conditions that sometimes proved to bescary they still do not consider the option of going back home.
Compared to kids in families, there is the constant social supportthat whenever life throws challenges at them. The support system foryouths in a family setup is quite strong with the presence of matureparental figures. Advice given to the young is usually morallyupright and bad behavior is faced head on to promote sociallyacceptable behavior. Moreover, they are constantly provided for theirbasic needs of food, shelter and clothing. Eventually, the youngperson grows strong with good morals for be emulated by others exceptfor few who face unexpected challenges. On the contrary, street lifehas harsh conditions ranging from poor moral support systems toinability to provide for basic needs. The youths were exposed todeviant ways of survival because of having a support systemcomprising of misfits of the society. When they needed an embrace andsober advice, they got the right embrace but from the wrong peopleand environment thus making them into worse citizens.
In a similar typical fashion, King managed to bring out the sense offamily in the streets which is a paradox. The basic important needfulaspects of a family-like togetherness, protection, comfort, andadvice whenever there was need is made available. King assisted byHeather played the role of father and mother figure to the group.Another similarity seen is the identity crisis and peer pressureleading each other to indulge in street like activities. Usually,teenagers from all walks of life experience the challenge of selfidentity and peer pressure whether homeless or with a home. Thus theyindulge in whatever comes in their minds as fun with the aim ofdiscovering themselves. In my opinion, the movie helps to bring outthe habits, traits and lifestyle of street children giving reason towhy they do what they do. The movie brings these out quite clearlyenabling one to understand what it means to live in the streets. Themovie was carefully directed to bring out important data regardingstreet life.
Rocco, M., & Hitchcock, M. (1991). Where the Day Takes You.Movie directed by Marc Rocco. Retrieved fromhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105810/
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