40 Hours (DVD) Review
Not so much?
“What happens when service hours become more than just putting in the time?” Cristina is a motivated teenager who is absolutely determined to get into the college of her choice. Unfortunately, she’s left the service hour requirement for one of her classes till the last minute, and is having trouble finding a place to serve […]
“What happens when service hours become more than just putting in the time?”
Cristina is a motivated teenager who is absolutely determined to get into the college of her choice. Unfortunately, she’s left the service hour requirement for one of her classes till the last minute, and is having trouble finding a place to serve her hours. At the suggestion of a family member, Cristina heads to a food kitchen in hopes of being able to serve some time and check off her requirement without overly tasking herself.
Cristina is the picture of a girl who is only willing to help out because she has to, and the lady in charge of the food kitchen (Rose) isn’t exactly impressed. Though she already has plenty of volunteers, Rose is convinced by one of her regulars to give Cristina a shot – but only if she is willing to actually interact with the people who are in need. Though Cristina tries to skip out on this requirement by hiding in the kitchen with her earbuds and some carrots to chop, Rose soon puts and end to that by kicking her out of the kitchen and sending her to refill water glasses. As Cristina awkwardly tries to interact with the homeless guests, she meets Kat for the first time.
Kat is another volunteer at the soup kitchen, but she is serving her hours for an entirely different reason. Though it is obvious that Kat and Cristina are as different as night and day, the two bond quickly and become fast friends, even exchanging necklaces for the duration of their service hours. Though the others at the soup kitchen try to dissuade Cristina from getting too involved with the troubled Kat, she is determined to help her new friend, and stumbles through offering her help for her addictions in an awkward and seemingly ineffective way. As tragedy strikes the soup kitchen, Cristina’s pampered eyes are opened to the difficult world we live in, and she learns that sometimes all you can do is pray.
40 Hours feels a bit like a one act play. It’s quite short, and the actors’ lines often come off as a bit contrived. The characters themselves also feel a bit fake, likely because the short length of the film doesn’t give enough time for character development. That being said, it is an uplifting film with a sound message that is based on a true story. It’s a nice, quick feel-good story, and you’ll enjoy it as long as your expectations aren’t too high.