HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
A Teen and Faith
Henry Gamble is 17-years-old and we are all going to his birthday party. Stephen Cone who brought us the wonderful “The Wise Kid” directed this film about the intersection of faith and youth. Everyone likes Henry. He is the son of a newly ordained pastor at a large evangelical church, and the lives of his family and friends are deeply embedded in the devotional world of faith. As Henry’s party takes place, the family home is taken over by teenagers with active hormones from church and from school. Other guests include young adult church counselors and congregational elders and everyone seems to be trying to find the balance between faith and fun.
As the afternoon goes by, we see unrestrained passion take over. Some of the guests are in the pool in the backyard and a box of wine helps to loosen inhibitions. Soon whispers of formerly held secrets come to the fore and we learn about some of the people at the party. We are given a peek into the lives of the faithful here as they struggle against temptations. Henry will not forget this party for a very long time.