Hard Choices

  • 1984
  • 1 HR 30 MIN
  • NR

An interesting film that passed virtually unnoticed. The tale concerns Klenck, a social worker whose job is to get juveniles out of adult jails. She begins working to help 15-year-old McCleery, who accompanied his two older brothers on a holdup that ended with the death of a police officer. When funds for her program are cut off, Klenck goes to her old...read more

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An interesting film that passed virtually unnoticed. The tale concerns Klenck, a social worker whose job is to get juveniles out of adult jails. She begins working to help 15-year-old McCleery, who accompanied his two older brothers on a holdup that ended with the death of a police

officer. When funds for her program are cut off, Klenck goes to her old college friend, drug dealer Sayles, for the money to hire McCleery a good lawyer. (Sayles wants kids to stay out of jail so that they can buy drugs from him.) When legal recourse fails, and it looks as though McCleery is

penitentiary bound, Klenck arms herself and helps him break out of jail. Good performances and a story that twists and turns unpredictably make this one a good bet.

MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

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