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While summer camp often means nature trips, cookouts and wacky hijinks to most young people, Camp Ovation in upstate New York caters to those who are more artistically inclined. Over the two months campers attend, they will put on a new show every other week, be it drama, musical or something more avant-garde, going through the process of auditioning, creating their own sets and costumes, rehearsing and presenting a new show for an audience, then beginning anew the next day. Many of the kids at Camp Ovation are outsiders within their own worlds. Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat) is reduced to begging her older brother in order to have a date to her junior prom, while Michael (Robin DeJesus) gets beaten up at his prom for daring to arrive in drag. Fritzi (Anna Kendrick) is so starved for any attention, she spends her entire year waiting for camp so she can be the �assistant� to Ovation�s number one drama diva, Jill (Alana Allen). Our first clue things will be different this summer arrives in the form of Vlad (Daniel Letterle).Read more ›
The scene for this movie is early on, in the school bus that's transporting the various drama wannabees to Camp Ovation for the summer. The kdis are singing a dramatic, compelling showstopper song as we pan down the center aisle of the bus. The camera stops on a young blond boy singing his heart out, sitting next to a man, who turns to the boy and says, "Bud Miller: Sports Counselor". The boy looks at the man incredulously and says, "We have a SPORTS COUNSELOR?".
Thus, this movie is made. Camp is a deliriously delightful romp with a bunch of multi-talents kids all spending their summer learning about the craft of acting, and the craft of life. Expected to perform a new show every two weeks, with a benefit at the end of the season seems ludicrous, but the kids pull it off, with great success.
This film has many hearts to it, mainly in the characters of Ellen, Vlad, and Michael. As they interact with each other, each character avoids the strereotypical traps many teenager films fall into, and lets these characters live and breathe. There's not a candy coated kids in this film, and thanks to an excellent script, and equally excellent acting from the kids, it all becomes believable.
The music is an intergral part to this movie, and somehow both propels the plot and supports it. I bought the CD the day after seeing the movie, and it still hasn't left my small collection of CDs I carry with me.Read more ›
Even if you don't appreciate musical theater, the theme of kids growing up and trying to find their place in the world is a key part of this movie.
What I appreciate most about Camp is how it portrays teens as having aspirations and goals in life. It's not one of those teen-exploitation films where teenagers are portrayed as being pot smoking, sex-obsessed, and souless (i.e. American Pie). We need more films that challenge teens, without being ridiculousely wholesome. Camp has achieved that.
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If for no other reason than Anna Kendrick's version of Ladies Who Lunch that she makes her own, standing out from the tired, winking, overwrought versions of other stars. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paige Turner
I was torn as to what rating to give this.
In several respects, it's not all that good if we're being honest. (At least, if you're not a teenager. Read more
An adorable movie that I have enjoyed since I was a teenager!Published 8 months ago by Fred Ferraro
Disc seems to work fine so far, but the packaging should have been listed as "poor." Half ripped off stickers were all over it, and the plastic was warped as though it had... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Retrac168
The title of this movie is ironic, because it's quite a campy flick. But the music is great, the acting is solid, the original songs are fun. Read morePublished 12 months ago by flapjackjoe
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