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After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.

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Vlad Baumann
Joanna Chilcoat ...
Ellen Lucas
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Michael Flores
Steven Cutts ...
Shaun
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Spitzer
Kahiry Bess ...
Petie
Tiffany Taylor ...
Jenna Malloran
Sasha Allen ...
Dee
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Jill Simmons
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Don Dixon ...
Bert
Robert Orosco ...
Emil
Stephen DiMenna ...
Glen
Omar Edwards ...
Alston
Camilla Millican Samuelson ...
Hillary
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Misfits in their lives back home, a group of young people live it up at musical-theater camp. While the sports counselor is completely ignored, the kids' spend all their time in rehearsal for a grueling schedule that involves a new show every two weeks. Several personal stories come to the fore. Is talented golden-boy Vlad honest in his feelings about Ellen? Can cross-dressing Michael have a relationship with his parents? Will one-hit-wonder musical playwrite and now camp counselor Bert Hanley remain mired in drink and cynicism? Fireworks are in store when Fritzi, who slavishly serves glamour girl Jill, is finally told to get a life, and the parents of Jenna, whose jaw has been wired shut in a compromise to avoid being sent to "fat camp", learn a valuable lesson at the summer's big end-of-season benefit. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements regarding teen sexual issues, and some language | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

£245,183 (UK) (5 September 2003)

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$1,628,154 (USA) (10 October 2003)
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Many of the musicians for the film were in the band for the Broadway musical "Rent". See more »

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While singing "The Ladies Who Lunch", Jill vomits several times onto the stage (we hear the splat when it hits the floor). After Fritzi replaces her (yanking her offstage from the wings), we see the stage and it's clean. See more »

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[first lines]
[scene opens on Dee, Shaun and Company singing "How Shall I See You Through My Tears"]
[as singing continues, scene shifts to Vlad in his bedroom]
Vlad: To all the critics out there, I know they're gonna review this, and I know they're gonna try to knock me - is it OK if I say this to the camera, Amber? - Okay. I only am who I am 'cause I was born that way. I have a gift, and I'm trying not to be selfish about it, but to use it. Okay? If you're gonna knock me for that, that's your problem....
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References All About Eve (1950) See more »

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Losing My Mind
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Published by Herald Square Music, Inc. o/b/o Range Road Music, Inc., Quartet Music, Inc.,
Killing Music, Inc. and Burthen Music Company, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by The Company
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Slipshod but entertaining
19 June 2005 | by (Irving, TX) – See all my reviews

This movie has an amateurish air to it, with more than its share of sloppy edits, plot dead-ends, and those little acting moments that take the viewer out of the story. The story and setting are so entertaining, however, that it manages to overcome its shortcomings and remain a memorable experience. The characters are realistic and fun, and the song choices are consistently good (especially "Turkey Lurkey Time" which is otherwise unavailable on film, far as I know). The original songs (from the people who brought you "Fame") are also good--occasionally terrific.

It's interesting to me that among a cast of newcomers and unknowns, the worst performances are from the adults--especially Don Dixon (Bert). The kids fare much better in general, and their musical performances are their real strengths (unsurprisingly). A surer hand on the direction and script could have tightened Camp up considerably, but even as messy as it is, it's still well worth seeing.


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