Movie Review: Once I Was a Beehive

For our date night last night, dh and I went to the temple and then to a movie. We saw “Once I Was a Beehive.” I give it 5 out of 5 stars, even though it is a little cheesy. It is a great, clean, fun movie for the whole family to watch. It’s a story about the magic of Young Women Girls’ Camp in the LDS Church. When I first heard about it, I was a little wary. I didn’t want anybody making fun of Girls’ Camp. I have tons of sweet memories of Girls’ Camp, it truly was magical for me. Well, it turns out the moviemakers did it right. They had plenty of jokes poking gentle fun at Girls’ Camp without being irreverent. We both laughed out aloud a lot and left the movie feeling better. It was fun to see the different characters of the girls. I loved how most of the characters were female. You don’t see that much in movies. I also like that two of the Young Women leaders are LDS in real life, and one of them, Hailey Smith, who plays Holly Valentine, is in a YW presidency in real life. I am sure that added to the realism of the movie. I also loved the costuming and hairstyles. They certainly had cuter clothes and hair in this movie than I ever remember having at Girls’ Camp! I was chuckling in the movie over the fact that four of the characters look just like people I know in real life.

Here are some of the things about Mormon culture the movie pokes gentle fun at: Mormons’ tendency to make up names and use the same initial for family names, YW leaders over-the-top enthusiasm for camp that involves preparing for a whole year and doing cutesy things for it, and the tendency at Girls’ Camp to have lots of drama.

So if you get a chance, go see it! If you go here, you can click where it says “click here to demand to see it in your city,” and get 249 other people to do that, it will come to your local theater. You can also click on the “download the song” button at that same link and get the mp3 and sheet music of the original song featured above called, “Together,” written by Hailey Smith. It is totally catchy!

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