"Friendly Fun with Meaning"
What You Need To Know:
EXTREMEDAYS is a fun, fairly unstructured movie which looks better than many of the movies on the Disney Channel. It has strong moral messages and positive references to prayer and God. It clearly has a Christian sensibility and worldview. The extreme sports shown are more fun than extreme. The acting is surprisingly good, and the characters are so affable that they almost make up for some distinctive plot defects, which are compounded by a few moments of potty humor, some fake karate fighting, and a paintball war. Even so, the movie rejects promiscuity and provides some good moral lessons on dating and friendship.
(CC, BB, L, V, N, M) Christian worldview with many moral elements; three lightweight vulgarities & some scatological humor such as boys lighting their gaseous emissions on fire; lightweight violence including paintball wars, hitting with spoons & a mock karate fight; kissing; upper male nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, betting rebuked.
Will, Brian, Matt, and Corey have been inseparable since they were very young children growing up next door in the same neighborhood. After finishing junior college in four years(!), they decide to tour the West Coast in their homemade car: a combination Volkswagen with a Toyota engine.
While surfing down in Baja, they find out that Corey’s grandfather, whom they all love, has died. Supposedly, the grandfather left Corey an inheritance and a car, so they start to make their way up the coast of California to Yakima, Washington, to claim the inheritance.
Along the way, they run into a cousin of Will’s, the beautiful Jesse. Jesse has to get to her college in Seattle, but her car has broken down, and it will cost too much to fix. Otherwise, she has her act together: not only is she very pretty, but also she is brilliant and firm in her Christian faith. Therefore, she refuses the advances of Brian, the lady’s man in the group. Toward the end of the trip, however, Jesse does give Brian a kiss. She catches herself immediately falling for Brian and decides to take off on her own to get to college.
Brian suddenly realizes that he lost the love of his life. His brother gives him a strong talk about God’s grace. When they get to Corey’s grandfather’s house, they find out that Corey’s grandfather lost his fortune in a failing enterprise. Therefore, they are stuck in Yakima with Brian wanting to get to Seattle to find Jesse.
EXTREMEDAYS is a fun, fairly unstructured movie which looks better than many of the movies on the Disney Channel according to an astute group of young reviewers who enjoyed the movie. It is not overtly evangelistic, but carries strong moral messages and positive references to prayer and God. It clearly has a Christian sensibility and worldview. The extreme sports are more fun than extreme. The acting is surprisingly good, and the characters are so affable that they almost make up for some distinctive plot defects. This looks in part like a homemade movie, which appears to be intentional, but it is fun to watch. It does have a few moments of potty humor, some rough-housing, some fake karate fighting, and a paintball war. On the other hand, the movie rejects promiscuity and provides some good moral lessons on dating and friendship.
Although this is not a glitzy Hollywood movie, MOVIEGUIDE® supports it whole-heartedly. Good filmmakers who are concerned with making wholesome entertainment need our support. The big entertainment studios turn out a lot of mediocre product, but then again, that gives the directors and producers more and more practice. Wholesome and worthwhile Christian filmmakers need more practice. They will not be able to go on to bigger and better things unless we support them at the box office. Going to EXTREMEDAYS will not only be an entertaining diversion, but also a vote for the good in the face of some pretty bad summer fare aimed at teenagers such as AMERICAN PIE 2, SUMMER CATCH and BUBBLE BOY. MOVIEGUIDE® would like to say “bravo” to all those who made this movie, may they make many more and may their kind increase.
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