Review and summary of the movie A Week Away (2021)

The story begins with orphaned teenager Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn, who appears to be Zac Efron’s nephew) running away from a policeman on foot, guitar in hand. We later learn that he’s a juvenile delinquent with a long rap sheet that includes offenses as funny and rebellious as stealing a cop car and listing his high school on Craigslist. (There were offers.) Will gets a weeklong stay at a Christian youth summer camp instead of criminal charges, that’s how you know this movie’s hypothetical audience is class. average, suburban and white people. Will was arrested without bodily injury, but a black kid from anywhere in the United States who stole a police car probably wouldn’t be, and it’s hard to imagine The System would go out of their way to find reasons not to pursue him. The film attempts to immunize itself against accusations of no racism by placing Will in the care of a black adoptive mother (Sherri Shepherd’s Kristin) who works in the aforementioned camp and has a serious and nerdy teenage son named George (Jahbril Cook ).

The bunks with George at Camp Aweegaway (in a week’s time, get it?), And everyone falls in love with a lovely girl and courts her when they’re not trying to win various competitions. Will is smitten with Avery (Bailee Madison), the adorable daughter of the camp director (David Koechner, the perfect actor for a role like this; he looks like half the beer-bellied high school gymnastics coaches and to motivating clichés in America). George makes a play for Avery’s cute but socially awkward friend (Kat Conner Sterling), and slowly overcomes his poor image with the support of the much cooler Will. There’s a fantastic fun and short musical number, reminiscent of a Super Bowl halftime show or grand finale musical number on “American Idol,” right after Will did a “makeover” on him, and a few other moderately engaging numbers set on arrival day, in the camp cafeteria, in and around the swimming hole. There’s almost nothing in the way of dramatic stakes, however, except for a very brief interlude in Act 3 where Will faces the consequences of lying to Avery about his criminal past. This, of course, is a false sort of “conflict” because we know Avery would never let go of the handsome, considerate and sensitive Will over such a minor transgression. The “bad guy” in the movie, a skinny redhead played by Iain Tucker, isn’t that threatening or threatening. His main sins are competitive pride, jealousy, and over-complacency.

As written by Alan Powell and Gabe Vasquez, and directed by veteran music video director Roman White (who has multiple credits with Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift), “A Week Away” feels like a Disney Channel movie steeped in Christianity. evangelical, if not a redundant phrase: there has always been a bit of a cross between the cute but bland musicals and musicals of cable release (actually targeted at tweens) and the American entertainment market. “if it is not noted G, it is not Christian”. The film excels at fast-paced verbal comedy, expertly channeling that post-1970 comedy stuff where actors talk and talk to each other while delivering exposure, even continuing sardonic discussions while another character is engrossed. in their monologue. Powell and Vasquez sneak in a few self-deriving or almost satirical exchanges that poke fun at the clichés of evangelical Christian youth organizations, such as how teens who have been on mission dominate more than teens who haven’t.

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