Netflix’s new teen bet, The Week of My Life makes a pop mix that may appeal to fans of Camp Rock, High School Musical and even Harry Potter. With several clichés typical of the genre, the film has a single (but big) difference: a hint of gospel. The teen romance takes place at a religious summer camp and even brings a moral to the story at the end.
Directed by Roman White, the feature reached the platform’s catalog on the 26th and was among the most viewed titles in the Top 10. The plot revolves around the rebel Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn), a teenager who is used to defying the law .
After attending several temporary homes – and not adapting to any – he has to make a choice: go to the youth reformatory or the Christian Aweegaway camp.
With no way out, he ends up opting for the second option. The situation is reminiscent of the classic Disney franchises, as Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) is forced to go to camp at Camp Rock (2008) and Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) parachutes into the High School Musical theater group (2006).
Totally displaced when arriving at the place, Will counts on the help of George (Jahbril Cook) to fit in. On the first day, he goes through a ceremony to find out which team he will join. The timing is very similar to what happens in Harry Potter with the Sorting Hat.
The boy quickly became interested in Avery (Bailee Madison, from Ponte to Terabítia), daughter of the owner of the camp who has frequented the place since she was little. Very linked to religion, the young woman is completely different from the protagonist, who has not believed in God since her parents died in an accident. Such a factor gives the film an “opposites attract” to the film and even promotes a clash between the two over their beliefs – or lack of them.
The whole story is told in the midst of several musical numbers, which use and abuse beautiful aesthetics and bring a message of faith throughout the film. Songs and dances even manage to camouflage the fragile and shallow plot. There are still many typical gymkhana competitions and references to pop culture, such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and Operation Cupido (1998).
Without surprising the audience, the sugary story shows the change in the young person’s life, who realizes that he has found his place in the world where and how he could least imagine it.
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