Video Review: S Club 7 “Reach”

A young man stares out the window as he cleans off at a table at a diner. A young woman gets up from her table to pay her bill. A fortysomething woman waits at the crosswalk with her dogs. An 18-year-old young woman rests her elbow on her driver’s side window and thinks.

The dogs start to bark. The 18-year-old young woman cranes her neck as she looks out her window. Hannah, Bradley, Jon. Rachel, Tina, Paul and Jo wave from a pink bus. An eight-year-old girl runs out of the Farmer’s Market and points at them. Her mother grins as she watches the group dance.

Inside the bus, packets of candy roll through a tube and fly outside. People pick up the packets and unwrap. As they eat the candy, they dance and smile. Rachel, Hannah, Tina and Jo dance on top deck of the bus. A Girl Scout troop takes pictures of them. A high school marching band plays on the football field. They stop playing and chase the bus. S Club 7 continue to dance in their seats as they float up in the sky.

Rating: 2/5

An 18-year-old young woman doesn’t know what to do. She can’t afford college. She’s going to stuck in the town forever without a future. A fortysomething woman walks to her two dogs. Her chest has been bothering her lately and she needs to go to the doctor. But she hasn’t had insurance in years. She’s scared if she goes to the hospital she’ll never see her dogs again. The football team practices on the field. It’s their final season. The school is shutting down. They are currently have three losses. Some of their classmates don’t care. It’s not going to matter.

S Club 7 turn up on the cheery music as they drive into town. They point towards the empty buildings as they dance. Rachel notes if the people are eating the candy shooting out of the tube. She directs Paul to turn towards a depressed area of town. She says the area needs an extra dose. The candy provides happiness to the people and eases their anxiety. They stop at the school and dance for about a half hour. Rachel says they had covered the city and need to return to their cloud.

Over a year, the school receives several million dollar donations from anonymous donors allowing them to stay open. The football team wins the state championship. The fortysomething woman finds a job with health insurance. A doctor is able to give her medication, preventing a stroke. The 18-year-old young woman receives a scholarship and goes to a top-tier university.

Director: N/A Year: 2000

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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