June 25, 2022

“A Week Away” Reminds Us of Every part We Love About Summer season Camp

Not way back, my brother, Matt, texted me a clip from an upcoming Netflix film, “A Week Away,” together with a single phrase: “Hmm.” Within the clip, actors Bailee Madison and Kevin Quinn dance via a flowery wooden, singing “Place on this World” by Michael W. Smith.

What. Was. This?! My cheese-o-meter tingled. A ’90s CCM hit carried out “Excessive Faculty Musical”-style? How on the planet may this ever work? I made a decision to order judgment till I may watch your complete movie. That night time, I sat in nervous anticipation of what my eyes had been about to behold. Right here’s what I skilled:

  • Catchy, refreshingly authentic remixes of CCM requirements that in some circumstances had been higher than the originals
  • High quality performing (with just a few actors enjoying utterly totally different roles than I’d seen them in earlier than)
  • A compelling, heartwarming storyline
  • Campiness (clearly)
  • A reminder of a number of the finest experiences of my life — that occurred at camp

In my expertise, most faith-based movies have their cringe-worthy moments. However “A Week Away” appears to embrace the cringe issue one hundred pc, which really works to its benefit. The movie has a great message however doesn’t take itself too severely. In spite of everything, it is a faith-based jukebox musical. On the Religion & Household Media Weblog, creator Josh Shepherd breaks down the contributing components of the movie’s stunning attraction (it debuted within the Netflix High 5):

Seven years within the making, this dream challenge of screenwriter/producer Alan Powell — former singer/songwriter for Christian band Anthem Lights, and extra not too long ago a co-star on ABC’s Quantico — defies simple description.

[It] seems to be and appears like one in every of Disney Channel’s bubble-gum musicals — for good cause. Adam Watts, who wrote songs for Camp Rock, produced the soundtrack. Plus, the flick encompasses a summer season camp stuffed with fresh-faced Disney stars together with Bailee Madison (As soon as Upon A Time), Kevin Quinn (Bunk’d — and who seems to be startlingly like Zac Efron, when he was in Excessive Faculty Musical), and Jahbril Cook dinner (Shine).

The movie’s tone walks a effective line between earnest sermon illustration — Powell is the son of a minister — and outrageous self-parody. Plausible performing sells the present as a enjoyable 90-minute romp value sticking round for, and most of the younger stars additionally profess Christian religion.

The mix of fine performing and storytelling, plus the Christian music hits millennials grew up with, combines to make this movie extraordinarily likable. However I feel what actually bought it for me was the nostalgia present in its spot-on portrayal of Christian camp. From the camp romances to emotional campfire occasions to leisure competitions and even ladies “divin’ in” to the lake of their one-piece swimsuits and shorts, the movie nails the camp expertise — each the ridiculous and the reverent.

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I discovered myself reminiscing concerning the enjoyable I had and the religious choices I made at camp as a teen. Powell says he made “A Week Away” for his youngsters. And perhaps that’s probably the greatest elements. This morning I heard my 6-year-old belting “Place on this World,” and I noticed a complete new technology is discovering the magic of ’90s CCM. Extra importantly, although, they’re seeing that summer season camp could be a good spot to attach with God and others and discover a place to belong.

What are your finest reminiscences of summer season camp?

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