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A Week Away | 2021 | TV-PG | – 2.3.1

content-ratingsWhy is “A Week Away” rated TV-PG? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a kiss, a hug and flirting among teen boys and teen girls, a police chase and arrest, discussion of remanding a teen to juvenile detention, discussions of the death of parents, competitive war games in a camp with one teen being not seriously injured, and name-calling and exclamations. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Musical revolving around a teen (Kevin Quinn) given one final chance to avoid juvenile detention by going to a summer camp, which provides what he has been missing since his parents died, a family. Also with Bailee Madison, Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling, Iain Tucker, David Koechner and Sherri Shepherd. Directed by Roman White. [Running Time: 1:34]

A Week Away SEX/NUDITY 2

 – The opening credits shows photos of teens wearing shorts and tank tops that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs and cleavage, as well as drawings of hearts with initials in them. People dance and sing in several scenes and we see some hip thrusting in a few dance moves. Teens compete with Hula-hoops and we see girls swinging their hips. Teen girls wear shorts, tank tops and crop tops that reveal cleavage, bare legs to the upper thighs and abdomens in several scenes. A few swimming scenes show teen boys and teen girls wearing swimsuits that reveal cleavage and bare legs on the girls and bare chests, abdomens and backs on the boys. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes.
 A teen boy and a teen girl kiss and hug. A teen boy gives a teen girl a box filled with loved letters that he wrote for her and she kisses him on the cheek and gives him her phone number.
 A teen boy sings a love song to a teen girl and they dance. A teen boy and a teen girl hold hands, sing and dance and he lifts her in the air and swirls her around. A teen girl throws a kiss to a teen boy and he catches it. A teen boy and a teen girl flirt in several scenes.
 A teen boy talks about a teen girl and says that they will be going on an expedition together the following year (she seems to disagree). A teen boy talks adoringly about a teen girl. A ten boy and a teen girl are tongue-tied when they are around each other and are convinced that they each are not good enough for the other. A teen boy accuses another teen boy having a “stalker vibe.” A teen boy tells another teen boy, “Easy tiger.” A teen boy tells another teen boy to “Go get the girl.”

A Week Away VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A police officer chases a teen boy through an alley, the boy trips and falls and the officer catches him, pushes him against a wall and handcuffs him; we hear that the teen stole a police car. A man tells a teen boy that he is being remanded to a state facility (juvenile detention) because of his repeated bad behavior.
 A teen boy who is afraid of heights climbs a ladder on a platform and jumps off to land on an inflated float in water that throws another teen high into the air and then the water. Teen boys and teen girls play dodgeball and we see several of each team being struck by balls; one teen girl is struck in the face after a teen boy tries to block the ball but misses, and we see her reddened cheek later as she holds frozen peas against it. We see teams competing with playing tug of war, flag football, and eating plates of whipped cream.
 A teen boy and a teen girl load the hoppers of two paintball guns each and stand back to back shooting several other competitors; they shoot one teen boy several times in the chest and the girl then shoots the boy she was in a truce with; during preparations a woman tells a teen boy, “No more headshots.”
 A teen boy sneaks into a counselor’s office and reads another teen boy’s file; the teen then confronts the other teen about lying about who he is. A teen boy leaves a campground and hitchhikes on a dark road. A teen boy and a teen girl argue and she speeds away in a car leaving him on a dark road. A teen boy is confrontational and boastful about winning a competition and being better than others; he trash-talks others in a competition in several scenes and is upset when his team loses one event. A teen boy makes a hurtful remark to a teen girl about her dead mother. A teen boy accuses another teen boy of forgery (jokingly) when he signs him up for a competition in a summer camp. A teen boy says that it is important to always have an exit plan. A man talks about your “6” during a competition and a woman says, “Not the 666, not the devil.” A loudspeaker announcement says that a pool is closed for cleaning and that the spicy chili will be removed from the menu (implied gastrointestinal upset from the chili). A woman describes a camp cabin as having “boy stink” and one teen says it smells like old people.
 Two teen boys enter a cabin where we see a mounted deer head decorated with string lights and two taxidermied squirrels posed in a canoe; one boy also talks about spiders (we do not see them). Two teen boys drink cans of soda and eat candy and they each burp loudly.

A Week Away LANGUAGE 1

 – 2 mild anatomical terms, name-calling (church camp, the legit cabin, stalker, weird dude, new kid, dumb, crazy, newbies, rude, broody, unprofessional, fraud, boy stink, lover boy, sucker, weirdest, not cool, gross, terrible, creep), exclamations (wow, okay, jeez, hoo-rah, we’re dead, oh my gosh, is he for real, hey, huh, whoa, cool, it sucks, get up, impossible, go get the girl, oh, boo, ow, you wish, whoo, aww, epic, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, no no no, suck it up, boo-hoo), 12 religious exclamations (e.g. several phrases are repeated in songs by many people singing together; God’s Grace, God Is Up To Something, Love of God, Our God Is An Awesome God, God Only Knows, God Does, You Are So Loved BY God, What Kind Of God Is That, Wrath Of God, Jesus Freaks, Church Camp, God Made You, God Loves Us More, Jesus Loves You, God Loves Us All The Same, Not The 666, Not The Devil). | profanity glossary |

A Week Away SUBSTANCE USE

 – None.

A Week Away DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Summer camp, making memories, competition, faith, death of parents, lying, family, “Braveheart,” “Apocalypse Now,” facing fears, doubt, confidence, being who you really are, foster care, hope, adventure, love, friendship.

A Week Away MESSAGE

 – Love can fill the void of loneliness.

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