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Happy Campers (2001)

R | | Comedy | 21 January 2001 (USA)
When a summer camp director gets injured, the diverse group of college freshmen counselors take charge and spice up the everyday routine of the camp.




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When a summer camp director gets injured, the diverse group of college freshmen counselors take charge and spice up the everyday routine of the camp.

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Rated R for nonstop crude sexual content involving minors, and for language and drug use | See all certifications »




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Did You Know?


Pivotal scenes that take place in the woods are tinted blue, same as the woods scenes in Heathers (1988). In one scene Wichita says, "If you ever find yourself turning into one of those, eat some Drano." In Heathers (1988), Heather Chandler died from drinking Drano. See more »


At the end of the movie when Wendy misses the bus, it switches to the inside of the other bus and in the top left corner when they show Witchita on the bus, you can see Wendy standing at the back of the bus before she gets on at it all. See more »


Wendy: Are you a lesbian or what are you, Pixel?
Pixel: I didn't realize I had to declare a major.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Softer Side
Written and Performed by Kathleen York (as Bird York)
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Not your usual camping flick!
30 August 2002 | by (Clinton Township, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Daniel Waters, the writer of Heathers, takes a turn in writing and directing his latest feature: Happy Campers. If Meatballs could be remade with more, younger, and edgier camp counselors, than this would be the film. Some parallels can be made between this film and Heathers, showing that Waters knew which elements worked: both have an overweight child who is picked on, then is later highly respected; both have a song/jingle that is overplayed, which drive a main character crazy; and both try to invent new words and catch phrases. Happy Campers also looks to be inspired from various aspects of Shakespeare. Someone says, "...doth protest too much," straight out of Hamlet; The term "fairies" is thrown around and the head counselor's name is Oberon, who was king of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream; and they toy with the idea of death by poisoning, which is a common end to many Shakespearean tragedies. I greatly enjoyed this film - It took chances, and fought to stay out of the "cleaned-up summer camping movie" category. There's enough shock value here to leave a mark in your moral judgment!

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