A WEEK AWAY is an attempt by Netflix to capture the Christian tween audience. This movie showed just how out of touch even some good writers and producers can be.

It’s the classic story line of an orphaned, teenage, bad boy who has a choice…juvenile detention or a week at a musical Christian camp called Aweegaway. Guess which one he chooses? I am not trying to be cynical , but these choices would never be available for a kid of color. The camp did have some ethnicity, but it still felt totally whitewashed.

A WEEK AWAY had all the elements of the problems and angst teens face today: PG romance, PG anger management issues, who am I, and conflict resolution. I felt like rainbows and bluebirds would finish off each scene. I wanted more. I expected more. Tweens today can handle more.

A WEEK AWAY was filled with upbeat and soul searching musical numbers. Yes, they can sing, but it just wasn’t enough. I wanted a realty check and perhaps a dose of “16 Candles.”

A WEEK AWAY is available to stream on Netflix.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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