Promised Land
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Three friends face the disappointments of adulthood in this drama. Growing up in Ashville, Utah, a small town where traditional ideals still cling stubbornly to the hearts and minds of youth, Davey Hancock (Jason Gedrick) is the star of the high school's championship basketball team. Pretty cheerleader Mary Daley (Tracy Pollan) is Davey's girlfriend, and bright Danny Rivers (Kiefer Sutherland) is his best friend. Two years after graduating from high school, reality has dimmed their dreams; while Davey won a college scholarship to play ball, he washed out of the team and ended up back… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Promised Land tries hard to win you over but finally wears you down with its sincerity."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Gedrick and Pollan give character to the cliche's with their heartfelt work, and Sutherland and the show-stealing Ryan bring depth and weight to a potentially tiresome pair."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The photography of the mountains, plains, and huge Western skies is gorgeous, and Hoffman's use of the camera is occasionally dazzling."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film has a lot going for it though, with its beautiful snowy landscapes, empty highways, and committed playing from the cast."
‑ , Time Out
"Clumsy, heartfelt and promising."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Offers a minor slice-of-life look at the dashed hopes of privileged youth."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Many scenes are extended to the point that all potential dramatic tension is drained out of them."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A smart and well constructed drama."
‑ , Film4
"Capable, believable performances cannot make up for a plot that is simply not there."
‑ Janet Branagan, Apollo Guide
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