A group of childhood friends, now in their thirties, reunite at Camp Tamakwa. Only a few of the original campers show up, but they still have a good time reminiscing. The people share experiences and grow while at the camp. They are dismayed to discover that the camp's owner, Unca Lou, is going to close the camp down. Written by
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The meaning of a "shreck" was a summer camp gag or summer camp trick. See more »
During the flashback to the long-ago Tamakwa-thon, as the runners pass through a crowd, the shadows of the cameraman and sound man are visible on the backs of the assembled onlookers. See more »
No toilet paper! Ho-ho-ho! You guys are good! Man, oh yeah. This is a brilliant schreck! You guys working for NASA? Huh? Is there a blueprint for this plan, cause I'd love to see it. Tell me, did ya carry it the toilet paper down in shifts? This isn't a privy, it's a think tank!
You gotta get up pretty early in the morning to beat the schreck king!
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The counselor's assistant Stick (played by Sam Raimi) stares into the camera for the entirety of the credits. See more »
I thoroughly enjoyed this film overall, but four things really stand out: Sam Raimi's perfect comic timing and performance as the camp handy(?)man, Alan Arkin's wonderful characterisation of the camp owner, and best of all, the cinematography. The beautiful golden tones of the exterior scenes draws me into the film like a sunset at the lakeshore draws me into my own summer memories.
The dialog and mood feel very natural and believable. Some reviewers criticise the lack of a more "profound" script. To me, it is exactly that lack that makes this film work. The characters and their problems seem real and because of that, I care about what happens to them.
The bottom line is that all the parts come together to create a whole that feels right.
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