Neon Signs (1996)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Crime Thriller, Road Movie  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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An abandoned teen attempts to learn the rules of the road after being left by his mother at a roadside motel in this quirky crime drama starring screen veterans Carol Lynley, Barbara McNair, and William Smith. Upon realizing that his mother has abandoned him at a seedy motel in the middle of nowhere, innocent teen Otis (Matt Dotson) sets out to find his place in the world with little more than a compass, a bag of Twinkies, and dreams of Las Vegas. Soon making the acquaintance of female bandits Faith (Lynley) and Grace (McNair), Otis tags along for the ride in hopes of making his way to Sin City. Little does Otis know that the two wanted women are about to rendezvous with seasoned con artist Clyde (Smith), who currently has his sights set on a high-stakes poker game that will serve as his last big score before retiring from a life of crime. Just as Otis thinks he is becoming savvy to the criminal code, he learns the hard way that the only rule on the road is to survive at any cost.

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abandonment, double-cross, dreams-of-success, gambling, road-trip