"Tomorrow Isn’t Promised"
What You Need To Know:
CLOUDS is a well-told, heart wrenching drama with a mixed worldview. There are moral and Christian elements that stress family, friendship and facing difficulties together. There’s a song proclaiming Jesus’s name in a positive light and depictions of crosses and mention of scripture. However, there’s some Romanticism as Zach dreams about his ideal life. There’s almost no foul language except for a few “oh my goshes,” and a teenage couple almost gets too physical, but nothing happens. For these reasons, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends “caution” for discerning audiences.
Disney+’s CLOUDS begins in the Fall of 2012 in Minnesota. A 17-year-old teenager named Zach Sobiech meets his best friend, Sammy, a teenage girl, backstage at a performance where she’s about to perform. However, Sammy has massive stage fright so Zack, takes her place instead, but not before he flirts with his crush, Amy, who’s just finished a dance number on stage.
Zach is an average teenager with one big glaring exception: he has cancer and is going through his 24th round of chemo. Thankfully, he has a great support system with his two parents, three siblings and Sammy, of course. One day though, Zach stands up Amy on their first date because he has a terrible cough that causes some concern. Once at the hospital, Zach’s family learns that he needs surgery because he has a collapsed lung and after the surgery, the doctors tell Zach and his parents that he has 6 to 10 months left to live.
Zach’s teacher starts assigning college essays to his class, but Zach seems a bit indignant with the idea of writing down his future aspirations, considering his health. His mother though is more optimistic and plans a family vacation to Lourdes, France where apparently there is water with healing powers. The Sobiech family goes into the trip with miracle expectations though, knowing that the “healing” could be a hit or miss. Both Zach and his mother while overseas, get dunked into the cool blue water.
After the trip, Amy and Zach’s relationship is in full swing. Zach has good days and bad days. Zach and Sammy start recording songs on video and post them to YouTube, which gains them so attention from a record label in New York City, which wants to sign them! It’s now the Spring of 2013. Zach’s parents, Sammy and he, travel to the Big Apple to make the deal official, and while on the plane ride home, Zach gets inspired to write down some lyrics for a new song, “Clouds.”
“Clouds” gains international recognition once it releases, but that doesn’t mean Zach feels any better physically. According to the doctors, they’re not sure he’ll make it to prom. But, his loved ones won’t let his last days be filled with hopelessness…
CLOUDS is a well-told heart wrenching drama. The flow of the story is well-executed with the first major plot point right on schedule. By nature of the storyline, the music is lively and inspirational. Additionally, the filmmakers do a superb job at honoring the real-life people whom they portray.
CLOUDS has a mixed worldview. There are both moral and Christian elements throughout that stress the value of family, friendship and facing hard times together. There’s also a song that states Jesus’s name in a positive light and several depictions of crosses and mention of scripture. Even so, there’s some hints of Romanticism as Zach dreams about what his life could be from an idealistic point of view. There’s almost no foul language except for a few “oh my goshes,” and there is one scene where a teenage couple almost gets too physical, but nothing comes to pass. For all of these reasons, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends “caution” for discerning audiences.