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Once I Was a Beehive (2015)

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After losing her father to cancer, a teenage girl reluctantly joins her new stepcousin at a summer camp for Latter-day Saint (Mormon) girls.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lane Speer
Lisa Clark ... Carrie Carrington
... Holly Valentine
... Bree Carrington
Barta Heiner ... Nedra
Amy Biedel ... Audrey Speer
... Robert Speer
Brett Merritt ... Tristan Samuelson
... Charlotte
Kaley McCormack ... Mindy
... Myleka
... Paige (as Ashley Santos)
Mila Smith ... Phoebe Valentine
Audrey Nelson ... Hannah
Zoe Wilde ... Mykelle


Lane Speer is a 16-year-old girl who spends her family vacations camping in the mountains. She takes the memories for granted until she loses her father to cancer. Only a year later, Lane is still reeling from her father's death as her mother marries a guy that Lane hardly knows - a Mormon. To top it off, while they are on their honeymoon, they arrange to have her stay with her Mormon step-aunt who takes her away to a Bible-themed girls' camp with a bunch of young Mormon girls. Confronted with memories of camping with her family, she tries to find peace with her new surroundings and deal with her father's death.

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Plot Keywords:

lds film | female protagonist | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief peril




Release Date:

14 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Girls Camp  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,864, 2 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$732,655, 30 November 2015
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Did You Know?


Maclain Nelson and Clare Niederpruem are married. He is a Mormon, the common nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she is Catholic. See more »


Lane Speer: No good deed goes unpunished.
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Spoofs Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Mormon Boy
Performed by 'Once I Was a Beehive' Cast
Music and Lyrics by Anonymous
Cast sings during the car ride to camp
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22 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

I went with my 14 and 17 year old daughters, who, by the way, had just returned from camp. We all laughed and laughed. Not sure if guys will find the movie as funny because there are so many inside jokes related to the LDS girls' camp experience. The script includes inserting all the stereotypical personalities in a group of teen girls without being too cheesy. I felt like they captured the real dynamic of a disjointed youth group. The actors were all well chosen. Favorite line "And it's not true that there are no 'mean girls' in Young Women." What I liked the most about the movie was that the ending wasn't perfect. It didn't neatly try to solve the problem and wrap it up with a bow. I felt like the script handled the issues very realistically.

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