The story was narrated from an atheist teen girl's perspective, but her condition of life had an impact for telling a beautiful and semi-emotional tale. Such a talented cast, I wish there were more time to show off the campers's personalities. However the acting quality is good, the soundtrack is good, and the plot, while fairly predictable, was not quite the touchy-feely conversion story that you'd expect from a religious film. There's a lot of crew members that I could attribute this success to, but the big name that I will attribute this to is that of Maclain Nelson as he wrote, directed, and produced this film. I found the idea of a teepee in these days of Coleman tents to be unique, endearing, and hilarious all at once. I was 76 when I saw it and went through at least six hankies! But the humor keeps you interested.
The real point is to show young people forming friendships and learning to be decent, and maybe to squeeze a few tears out of us along the way. I went with my 14 and 17 year old daughters, who, by the way, had just returned from camp. A first I was skeptical. Even if you're not the same religion, you can still support each other and treat each other like family. This way the boys get to know what the girls do at these camps they never get to go to. In many parts, that's what the film characters express through the dialogues and makes us comfortable for further viewing. With this marriage she has a new 12-year-old cousin that she quickly becomes close to and through a certain chain of events, she agrees to go with this cousin to girl's camp, which is where the majority of this movie takes place.
Maclain Nelson, who co-wrote and directed Beehive, even starred in one: The Saratov Approach. This is definitely a chick flick. All four of the filmmakers have been members of the Thrillionaires Improv group, and Nelson and Van Wagoner had worked on The Saratov Approach. Yes, I know exactly what you are thinking right now. If any character could have served the film by being a caricature, it was Bree.
The film pokes fun at a lot of stereotypes about Mormons and shows that there's more to the campers and all Mormons than the preconceived notions held by the main character. What does Lane teach Brie about compassion? I thought if there were humor, it would hardly rise to sophomoric. It's well-acted and moving, with a fair amount of laugh-out-loud humor. No, we aren't talking about the home of one of those black and yellow flying, stinging insects that we call bees. So just enjoy its contents as a human being with the emotions and ignore the religious stuffs if you think it is overshadowed by that. Not many people can say their job builds their witness of the Savior.
Those are all fine subjects for satirical comedy, and the movie realizes the comedic potential inherent in each. Faith and prayer are discussed but no one gets baptized at the end. Man, that was a good one. It has a very clear and strong message. As the happy newlyweds head out on a honeymoon, Lane is left to stay with her new step-aunt, Holly Hailey Smith. I was utterly surprised by this feeling.
But if it delivers a message or gives a lesson, I'll take it as an inspiration, no matter what category it belongs to. Friendships can help us heal from the pain of loss. While it is probably best enjoyed by Mormon girls and women who have attended camp, it could easily be enjoyed by anyone. There is also a leader who is a grandma, leather wearing biker, and former Marine. And a good thing she does.
The story is very well drafted and the plot flows without losing track of the main character while building on the character of every one except the father, mother, and stepfather of the main character. They manage to incorporate a prayer into the plot without it feeling sacrilegious. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. So while the film is flawed, something this genuine and honest is allowed to be this sweet and to become this rewatchable. Lane is given the chance to go home before she reaches camp, but decides against it. The faith aspects are light and uplifting, not heavy-handed. The films lets characters feel things naturally.
This is a film that hits just the right notes, beginning with a script that really works. I can see it developing a cult following. This woman scrapbooked the camp plans for presentation to her assistant. When the film relies on her emotions to move forward, she is ever better. As Socrates one day said, while going to a spring to drink water with his cup, that this child beat me in simplicity, when seeing a child by drinking with his own hands from the spring. The Army nurses in Vietnam are an amazing group of women who were all volunteers. It is not your typical movie.