On Our Own is a 1988 direct-to-video live action film about four children, Mitch, Kate, Travis and Lori. You see, their mother has passed away (the father's whereabouts are not mentioned at all, but presumably he is dead too) and now they are trying to run away from the police who are trying to split them up and send them to different children's homes. However, after a bit of a shaky start the kids end up getting money and a car and set out to look for their only family member whom they believe can take care of them, Uncle Jack. However, this is not going to be as easy as they think. This story is told by a grandmother on the other end of the phone while baking a cake (which later turns out to be a wedding cake for her daughter and Uncle Jack
). Her granddaughter is telling her the story over the phone. This film is chock full of still moments that are nicely accompanied by 80s synthesizers. Many an 80s and 90s kid remembers this movie, whether it was shown to them in school by a substitute teacher or rented from a local video store via their mother's recommendation. For those that haven't seen it, think The Goonies
but with a family tragedy and the goal of finding a person rather than a treasure, and less kids.
Has the examples of:
- Ambiguously Mormon: Many of the people involved in the film belong to the LDS church, and is reflected in the Robbins children's heavily family-centric stance.
- Broken Aesop: After being purchased by Feature Films for Families, they had added on the scenes with Peggy's mother baking a cake while reacting to Peggy relating the story about the Robbins children to her. If the Robbins children never ran away, they never would have met Peggy — and Peggy never would have met Jack (who she planned to marry)! However, Peggy's mother maintains that Mitch's necessary acts of theft (in order to keep the family together) were morally wrong — and she planned to give Mitch an earful, as well as a hug.
- Department of Child Disservices: The child service people obviously have very little sympathy for the Robbins children and their wishes to stay together.
- Don't Split Us Up: After being abandoned by their father and with the death of their mother they are forced to move into a children's home. Feared they will have to be separated, they escape and run away.
- '80s Hair: Kate definitely has it. To a lesser extent, Peggy and Theresa (both have huge bangs).
- Executive Meddling: See Broken Aesop.
- Gold Digger: Jack's girlfriend, Theresa, was implied to be this.
- I Want Grandkids: Peggy's mother.
- Promotion to Parent: Mitch and Kate take care of their little siblings.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Peggy Williams
- Rich Bitch: Jack's girlfriend, Theresa - who doted on her bratty son, Rhett