Speedway Junky
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In this gritty drama executive-produced by Gus Van Sant, a teenaged would-be stock-car driver gets more than he bargained for when he makes a pit stop in Las Vegas to earn a little cash. Almost as soon as he arrives in the city, high-school dropout Johnny (Jesse Bradford) finds himself victimized at the slot machines by a slick little vixen. His journey to glory on the racetrack thus sidetracked, he soon falls in with a group of hoods and street urchins. Befriended by solicitous hustler Steven (Jordan Brower) and condescended to by gay-for-pay stud Eric (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), Johnny gets a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's exploitation at its most listless and uninspired."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Goes completely off track, falling apart in a welter of absurd twists, sentimental drivel and phony uplift."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Hard to watch -- not because of its unflinching realism, but rather for its mawkish reliance on every boy hooker flick from Midnight Cowboy to Johns."
‑ Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz
"It's My Own Private Idaho! Well, minus the story, the style and the smart script."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"A potent mixture of sentiment and grit, and it showcases the talents of its young principals."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The film belongs to Jordan Brower, whose every appearance breaks one's heart, and makes some otherwise familiar material come alive."
‑ David Ehrenstein, New Times
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