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Camp (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical, Drama | 29 August 2003 (USA)
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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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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Comedy | Musical | Drama

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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 USA:

$54,294, 27 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,628,154, 12 October 2003
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Trivia

Todd Graff was the 11-year-old Robert Downey Jr.'s camp counselor when he was at the summer camp that inspired the film. See more »

Goofs

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 West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Last Song on Blue Tape
Written by Gary Lightbody
Published by Big Life Music Limited (PRS)
Performed by The Reindeer Section
Courtesy of Pias America
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So bad it's not even campy
13 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

My extended family watched this DVD this summer and the room had emptied out well before the movie was over. It is incredibly tedious, predictable and simple minded.

At first we got some laughs from how bad it was, but those laughs eventually turned to winces of pain from watching it. It plays into just about every possible stereotype there is and plays into each of them incredibly badly.

The actors were also blatantly type cast and lacked the ability to project anything but gross over-characterizations of their individual types. The gay guys were overly flamboyant, the straight guy sulked constantly, the obnoxious girl was always obnoxious and the fat people stayed fat.

There are not enough words to describe how bad this movie is. It is also not worth spending the time to do that.

Our family group that was watching presented a reasonably good demographic cross section as well: a couple of young teens, some older teens, parents, grandparents, single aunts and uncles, religious, agnostic, zen, etc.

Don't waste your time or money with this movie.


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