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Directed by
Daniel Waters 
Writing credits
Daniel Waters (written by)

Produced by
Peter Czernin .... associate producer (as Pete Czernin)
Denise Di Novi .... producer
David Rubin .... co-producer
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis 
Film Editing by
Dan Lebental 
Casting by
Richard Hicks 
Ronnie Yeskel 
Production Design by
Amy Beth Silver 
Art Direction by
Burton Rencher 
Set Decoration by
Valerie Fann 
Costume Design by
Caroline B. Marx 
Makeup Department
Caryn Brostoff .... key makeup artist
Janet Carey .... makeup artist
Bernhard Eichholz .... special makeup effects artist
Bill Fesh .... special makeup effects artist
Karen Lovell .... key hair stylist
Suzanne Mill .... hair stylist
Sandra S. Orsolyak .... makeup artist (as Sandra Orsolyak-Allen)
Rita Parillo .... key hair stylist
Stephanie Williams .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Beth DePatie .... unit production manager
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Ric Keeley .... post-production supervisor
Fabian Marquez .... post-production supervisor
Jay Vinitsky .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bamber .... first assistant director
Kathleen 'Bo' Bobak .... additional second assistant director
Seth Edelstein .... second assistant director
John J. Hermansen .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Battistelli .... construction coordinator
Jane Beck .... art department coordinator
Judi Bell .... painter
Donna Bender .... painter
Wayne Copolillo .... art department production assistant
Geoff Cormier .... lead greensman
Stephen I. Erdberg .... property master
Victor M. Giarrusso .... art department production assistant
George W. Harding III .... greens foreman (as George Harding III)
Jeffrey A. Hughes .... set dresser
Tim Hunley .... painter
Jake Ippolito .... set dresser
David H. Jackson .... gang boss
Gerald Kern .... propmaker
Richard Forest Kern .... assistant carpenter (as Richard Forrest Kern)
Mark D. Knezevic .... painter
Becky Lenard .... stand-by painter
Rebecca Leonard .... standby painter
Adolfo Martínez Pérez .... storyboard artist
James Mendolia .... props buyer
Jessica Milazzo .... art department production assistant
Randall Milazzo .... lead man (as Randall R. Milazzo)
Manny Serrano .... props assistant
Timothy 'Montage' Shaughnesey .... greens assistant
'Jungle Jim' Shaughnessy .... on-set dresser (as 'Jungle' Jim Shaughnessy)
Franklin H. Spears .... propmaker
Greg Spencer .... propmaker
Robert Testerman .... lead painter (as Robert W. Testerman)
Kurt Thoresen .... assistant property master
Ralph Woollaston .... general foreman (as Ralph A. Woollaston)
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound recordist (as Doug Axtell)
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Tim Boggs .... dialogue editor
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Matt Dubin .... transfer engineer
Jenny Elsinger .... cableperson
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Jason George .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
George Haddad .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Hamilton .... adr editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Robert Maxfield .... boom operator (as Robert K. Maxfield)
Yuri Reese .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Shin .... adr supervisor
Alec St. John .... sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer
Special Effects by
Michael Dean Kiesling .... special effects (as Michael Kiesling)
Walter Kiesling .... special effects leadman
Todd Masters .... special makeup effects supervisor
Michael Schorr .... special effects coordinator
Stacy Scofield .... special makeup effects coordinator
Stuart Ward .... special effects
Kurt Bryant .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Alphin .... camera loader
Art Bartels .... key grip
Neil Beard .... electrician (as Neil G. Beard)
Raymond Benthall .... set electrician
Ronald M. Betts .... rigging electrician
David Burnett .... best boy electric (as David R. Burnett)
Simon Carey .... additional electrician
Thomas H. Dean .... rigging gaffer
Tom Dean .... rigging gaffer
Don Duffield III .... second assistant camera (as Don Duffield)
Kahlil Fadel .... electrician
R.U. Freeman .... grip
Leslie Gordon .... grip
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Bob Gorelick .... camera operator
Chris Herbert .... grip
Geoff Herbert .... dolly grip
Michael Lange .... best boy grip
Michael W. Maynard .... rigging electrician
Chris McFeely .... grip
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
Tony Nagy .... first assistant camera
Doug Robinson .... rigging electrician
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Art Schultz .... set lighting technician
Doug Schwarz .... electrician
Art Shultz .... electrician
Robert Van Apeldoorn .... generator operator
Bob Williams .... grip
Casting Department
Julie Chavez .... casting assistant
Tona B. Dahlquist .... extras casting
Tona B. Dahlquist .... location casting (as Tona Dahlquist)
Christine Dowling .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Georgia Fletcher .... costumer
Anna Grainger .... costume production assistant
Vanessa Jenik .... key set costumer (as Vanessa Carin Jenik)
Joyce Marling .... set costumer
Kate Sawyer .... set costumer
Pauline White-Kassulke .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gordon Antell .... assistant editor (as Gordon Antel)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Steven Gerrior .... assistant editor
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Dawn Michelle King .... first assistant editor: avid (as Dawn M. Gerrior)
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Staci Pontius .... assistant editor
Sandra Torres .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator
Charles Bouis .... music recordist
Paul Broucek .... music executive
Keram Malicki-Sánchez .... composer: additional music
Jeff Martin .... composer: additional music
Ralph Sall .... music supervisor
Rachel Santoy .... music production coordinator
Erin Scully .... music executive
Nick South .... music editor
William T. Stromberg .... conductor (as William Stromberg)
John Whynot .... score mixer
Transportation Department
John W. Brewster .... transportation co-captain
Jeff Couch .... transportation captain
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator
Tom Moore .... transportation co-captain (as Thomas B. Moore)
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialogue coach
Dana Belcastro .... production executive
Linda Biondo .... assistant: David Rubin
Adam Chandler .... accounting production assistant
Brad Davis .... production accountant
Maureen Poon Fear .... assistant: Denise Di Novi
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Rachel Good .... production office assistant (as Rachel H. Good)
Andrew Hart .... production office assistant
Nancy Hayes .... production office assistant
T. Ryan Hill .... set production assistant
Devin Lee Ihme .... stand-in
Sean Illgen .... set production assistant
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Harri James .... script supervisor (as Harriet James)
Jamie Kemp .... chef
Jason Leith .... stand-in
Pat Loveall .... projectionist
Christine Marino .... assistant: Daniel Walters
Sherry Marshall .... production coordinator
Ginny Martino .... business affairs liaison
Elizabeth Maxwell .... caterer
Michael Maxwell .... caterer
David Meeks .... animal handler
Ralph B. Meyer .... location manager
Emily Mueller .... set production assistant
Sacha W. Mueller .... set production assistant (as Sacha Mueller)
Lee Nesbitt .... assistant production coordinator
Stephanie Pecuch .... assistant: Dana Belcastro (as Stephanie Pecuch-Cathell)
Colin Penney .... production assistant
John M. Pisani .... publicist
Tracey Pitts .... first assistant accountant
Danielle Probst .... production secretary: Los Angeles
Molly Proctor .... payroll accountant
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Kristian Ransonnet .... post-production accountant (as Kristyan Ransonnet)
Skip Ratner .... location assistant
Gary 'Pino' Tomaro .... set production assistant
Laura Torrance .... studio teacher
Elizabeth A. Wilson .... stand-in
Andrew Winograd .... set production assistant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Sean Jordan .... interactive media (uncredited)

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Rated R for nonstop crude sexual content involving minors, and for language and drug use
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

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 »
Continuity: 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:Isn't fun great?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014)See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious movie with lots of heart., 19 August 2007
Author: PoisonKeyblade from Long Island, New York

Okay, for starters, Happy Campers completely blew me away. I was expecting an American-Pie-esquire teen sex romp, but what I got what a hysterically funny mature comedy with extremely colorful characters. It is by far the best teen comedy film I've ever seen, and it goes much deeper than most teen films dare. It is not afraid to be in-your-face with the humor, and the storyline is very realistic.

At Camp Bleeding Dove, many new counselors must unite after a mishap leaves the camp director unstable. They set out to diversify the camp, and change things up, and along the way they discover themselves.

The dialogue is just great, and it truly captures teen spirit and the way that teenagers talk. All of the camp counselors have their own unique personalities, and mesh so well together. Everyone has weaknesses, and the love story is incredibly true to real life. The counselors struggle with both relationships, finding themselves, and caring for the campers, a responsibility that some of them are unable to handle.

All of the great aspects of this movie come together so perfectly. The well-written script is brought to life by a lot of the most underrated actors of all time, which in turn are directed by a sensational director who gives the movie a great look and feel. Brad Renfro plays Wichita, the brooding camp counselor that everyone idolizes and looks up to. Renfro has always been extremely talented in my book, especially after his astounding performance in Bully. He is just as great here, bringing a great sensibility and look to Wichita that must have been completely absent on paper. Dominique Swain, the side character in most movies like Alpha Dog and Face/Off, takes center stage as one of the main characters, Wendy. She couldn't have been more perfectly cast. She turns Wendy into a loopy, insanely energized woman, and it works so well, especially in contrast to Renfro's Wichita. Keram Malicki-Sanchez, who has a history of small stand-out roles in Johnn Q, Cherry Falls, and the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, plays Jasper, the homosexual camp counselor that all the girls at camp are completely goo-goo over. It is great seeing him on center stage in a central role, and he is definitely perfect for the role. Emily Bergl, the seriously underrated actress from The Rage: Carrie 2, the TV miniseries Taken, and the 2005 film The Hard Easy, plays the strange and quirky Talia. Bergl is spectacular, and the role gives her a wide range of acting to do, all of which she is perfect at. There wasn't a single instance where her role of Talia was not believable. Jaime King, from such films as Sin City, The Tripper, and Cheaper By the Dozen 2, plays the sexual maniac Pixel. Her role is so goofy and ridiculous (in a good way) that it had to have been hard to mess it up. She was mostly great, but was definitely not the best of the cast. Justin Long, yet another underrated actor from films like Dodgeball, Jeepers Creepers, and Accepted, plays the nerdy Donald with such sincerity. Every role I've ever seen the guy play has been fantastic, and his role as the nerdy and inexperienced Donald is no exception. It is quite awesome to see his evolution in the movie thanks to the absolutely sensational script. Jordan Bridges, yet another underrated actor who appeared in Mona Lisa Smile, the TV show Charmed, and some other projects, plays Arnold, the aggressive sexaholic. As much as this movie sounds like it's filled with stereotypes, the actors and the scripts break away from them completely, and most often do the opposite of what you would normally be expecting. Bridges is no different, as his role as Arnold is very realistic and hilarious. His character is so much more than it first appears. The only person in the cast that I absolutely hated (and will most likely always hate) was Peter Stormare, who plays Oberon. He does get the job done, but I absolutely cannot stand him. Something about his voice just grates on my nerves and I don't feel that he has any real acting talent to speak of.

Another thing I liked about the movie was the narrating by all of the characters. For a second you think it's going to be a Justin Long comedy film, but then each of the actors take turns narrating, and in the end almost everyone had the same amount of screen time. There wasn't one character I wholly disliked and couldn't stand. They were all so different and unique that I liked each one of them for different reasons. The movie also had a great deal of heart, and it has a very subtle message, not the in-your-face crappy Hollywood movie messages.

The cast is so perfect and the script is so good that Happy Campers easily emerges as one of my favorite films of all time. It was laugh-out-loud hilarious in several parts, and I completely loved it. Not sure why this film doesn't have a bigger fan base, but I thought it was absolutely amazing. It was definitely a great comedy.

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