A Week Away is a spiritual musical with a heartwarming story about friendship. Is this new Netflix original movie kid-friendly? Is it okay for tweens and teens? I’m breaking down all of the thematic elements, including its PG rating, in my A Week Away Parents Guide and Movie Review. Here’s what parents need to know to help YOU decide if it’s appropriate for kids. As always, no spoilers!
A Week Away Parents Guide + Movie Review
Netflix’s A Week Away, is the first faith-based film of its kind. It presents strong High School Musical vibes, but with catchy tunes by Christian Contemporary Artists. A Week Away wasn’t set out to be a Christian film, but more so have Christian elements to offer diverse perspectives. Because of this unique approach, I feel A Week Away will appeal to a diverse audience. While yes, the film is faith-based, it is nonchalantly sprinkled in small elements and not the sole subject of the story.
A Week Away is about Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn), a troubled teenager who has been in and out of foster homes since he was ten years old. When he has a run-in with the law, he is faced with consequences. He can either go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. Will chooses the latter of the two options and finds more than he ever imagined.
Teens will enjoy A Week Away because its characters are so relatable. Aside from Will, there’s Avery (Bailee Madison), the sweet girl next door and Will’s love interest. George (Jahbril Cook) is Will’s camp roommate, and while the two couldn’t be more opposite, they both are the friend the other one needed. Presley (Kat Conner Sterling) is awkward and quirky, and overall incredibly likeable. Kids will notice things they have in common with these characters and recognize themselves in their personalities. The theme of friendship will be a huge appeal for tweens and teens.
Is A Week Away Kid-Friendly? Here’s Your Parents Guide
A Week Away is touted as a family-friendly Christian musical with a side of teen romance. What ages will this film appeal to, and what ages is it appropriate for? Here’s what parents need to know about A Week Away on Netflix.
A Week Away is rated PG, which means parental guidance is suggested. It has a runtime of 1 hour 37 minutes. However, with this being a faith-based film, there are a few things parents might want to know. Let’s breakdown the thematic elements and take a closer look.
The opening scene of A Week Away shows a teenager stealing a car and running from the police. He gets arrested and you see them put handcuffs on him. There’s another scene when teenagers are using paintball guns. While the paintball game isn’t necessarily violent, I know some parents don’t like any form of “gun” being used recreationally, so it’s worth mentioning.
I didn’t catch any profanity, but I did hear the use of “Jesus freaks.”
There is certainly some innocent teenage romance going on — but it’s portrayed really well. It’s nothing crazy and over the top — more so genuine and sweet. I would call it “parent approved.”
There is also mention of the death of a parent and foster care — definitely has the potential to be triggering for those who can relate.
I really think A Week Away is the perfect film for the tween and teen crowd. The catchy upbeat music and dancing will draw them right in. I would recommend it for ages 10 and up. It has an engaging storyline and a great cast. I could see kids busting out in a spontaneous dance party. They might even try to learn their choreographed routines because they’re so energetic and fun! I would hope A Week Away would be the kind of movie my tweens and teens would want to watch.
A Week Away is an uplifting and inspirational film about finding yourself where you least expect it. It’s about new beginnings, friendship, and trust — allowing yourself to believe in something bigger. It’s about being vulnerable and letting your faith shine from within. Grab your family and stream this feel good, heartwarming movie on Netflix today.
A Week Away Synopsis
A Week Away is the first faith-based musical of its kind. Troubled teen Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn) has a choice to make – go to juvenile detention or attend a Christian summer camp. While at camp, and with the help of his music, new friends and love interest (Bailee Madison), he learns the healing powers of kindness, forgiveness, and faith can be found in the most unlikely of places.