This review of Netflix movie 13: The Musical contains no spoilers.
Growing up is certainly not an easy thing, and at thirteen it seems like nothing is right. The teenage years are crucial in shaping your personality, and many teens have no idea which way to go.
Whether influenced by their peers or overprotected by their parents, it is difficult for them to move on. In 13: The Musical, a 12-year-old named Evan (Eli Golden) films from New York to Indiana and navigates his parents’ divorce, his impending bar mitzvah, and the social circles of his new school. Teenagers find it difficult to manage several things at once, so when there are major changes in their lives, it can disrupt them.
For Eli Golden, carrying this musical on his shoulders is a great feat for a young star, and he pulled it off beautifully. He has a wonderful voice, he is very charismatic and his facial reactions make conversations even more fun. It’s a generic coming-of-age story that highlights Evan’s Bar Mitzvah as that big party he needs to make his mark at his new school.
At this age, popularity is a big thing for everyone. Evan wanted to be included in school, considering that his family life was not as organized as he would have liked. At first, he meets neighbor Patrice (Gabrielle Uhl), who is kind enough to show him around town and become his first friend.
Once school starts, Evan notices the cool kids and he wants to take them to his big party. In doing so, her friendship with Patrice begins to become difficult as she is seen as an outsider. It’s a very fun and engaging story because of the teenage angst and the fact that Evan has to play matchmaker to get the cool kids to his party.
The songs are wonderful and the choreography worked for the film adaptation. Every child actor in this musical is extremely talented and they all made it fun to watch. Sometimes we all need to have fun with a good lesson, and this musical movie is a good watch for the whole family.
13: The Musical is a sweet coming-of-age film in which a young Jewish boy discovers the true meaning of friendship while moving to a new school. It’s one of the most engaging Netflix movie musicals because of the charm of the cast. They worked so well together and it felt like they were so authentic with their characterizations.
For a Netflix movie musical with some teenage angst, this is a fun watch that will warm anyone’s heart. It takes you back to your college days and makes you appreciate all of your teenage experiences because they made you the person you are today. Like all teen movies, there will be some secondary awkwardness, so be prepared for that.
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