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Being familiar with Stagedoor Manor, the camp which "CAMP" was based
on, and having attended a similar institution as a child, I turned on
this movie fully expecting a nice homage to a place where young people
can be themselves and explore their personalities and interests. But
instead I was completely blindsided by the horrendous script and
exceedingly poor execution of this terrible excuse for an indie flick.
This film contains the most stilted and awkward dialog I've ever heard in a feature film. And I don't mean awkward in a fun, teenager way, I mean awkward in the way that some conversations just didn't make sense.
In other cases, character traits or flaws were mentioned in one scene never to be seen or heard about again; these traits and flaws had zero impact on the behavior of the characters and came completely out of left field.
Many key "plot points," in the film are not actually depicted, they are mentioned as necessary throughout to fill in the audience in a kind of "oh by the way" or "did you hear?" fashion. Instead, the script focuses on amateur and frankly boring musical covers by the less than impressive "campers." Also hindered by these overly-long and terribly-choreographed "show" scenes was the character development for the majority of the main characters. With the possible exception of Michael (Robin de Jesus), the campers and their theater teachers begin and end the film having experienced no personal changes, having undergone no transforming journey. Oh wait; one character does changes, however it wasn't over time brought on by understanding and acceptance, or simple cause and effect: it occurred in a matter of seconds, to suit the purpose of this hackneyed screenplay.
Probably the most horrible thing about the film was that there was no supervision of the handful of campers. In fact the only adults at the camp seemed to be two staff members, three instructors, and five musicians, none of whom ever appear as the campers run around all night, take off their clothes, make out, and have sex. And while I know, having attended and been a counselor at a camp like this, there are many real campers who have gotten away with such things and more, these particular campers seem carefree and careless about what they do; they don't have to sneak around or take any caution in their activities. In fact there are no consequences for anybody, whether they be drunkard counselors or campers trying, literally, to murder one another. Besides the obvious reasons this might be a problem, the no-holds-barred attitude of the campers kills any tension or intrigue in the campers revels.
To be perfectly honest, I don't know how this film got made at all. I know the place and I know it could make a great story if someone were to try it from a different angle, but this script didn't seem like it even made it to a second draft.
This is much more than just a camp movie and great songs and production numbers, although it is all that. It does a great job of dealing with a number of important issues for today. One of these is the challenge of a profession in the arts. I loved the way it dealt with all of the issues it raised. For all of the criticism from the other reviews, I found this movie did a better job of raising all of the issues it raises and getting me to think about them, but more from a personal standpoint, and not from so much of a societal standpoint. We each have a role to play in each issue and we each have the challenge of deciding what we are going to do with each. Part of it is understanding other people. This movie showed a lot of different people and the importance of respecting all of them, even if what they are doing seems to have obvious problems.
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Camp is a great film. It's entertaining, funny, an I don't even like musicals. It explores the challenges outcast drama kids face during adolescence. Some kids deal with the questionable sexuality, others deal with complicated friendship, but they all bond together through their love of musical theater.It's a wild ride but it's very entertaining, and the best part is that the cast is actually real drama kids. They are not typical Hollywood kids and they do their own singing. The acting is not all that great, but it's totally worth watching. The wardrobe is pretty much hilarious. It reminds me of all the people in my drama club a little weird but cool if you get to know them.Give this movie a chance!
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This movie is a great revelation, a great treat . Several of the actors come from my home state of Maryland. If you are at all into musicals, you will be impressed,I have no doubt. Following the lives of several teens over the course of 2 months at a theater arts summer camp, the movie tracks , between very impressive musical numbers, the sex lives, personal battles, and identity crisis in a real manner without being preachy(which I hate) Watch for The Ladies Who Lunch number, also the Turkey Lurkey number, they are show stoppers.My boyfriend thought since it's a musical, it must be a kid movie, but it is quite the opposite, very entertaining. You will enjoy this movie, If you like theater or musicals.
Forget the other comments above. This movie is great, especially if you
have ever been involved with any musical theatre in your life.
This young troop of actors did an outstanding job, and I guarantee that at least four of them will go on to huge careers. Tiffany Taylor, Daniel Letterle especially turned out wonderful performances.
It's been playing quite often on WAM and I find myself sitting through it every time it's on. I have yet to get tired of this movie.
The musical numbers were fantastic!
I get chills watching Tiffany Taylor sing "Here's Where I Stand" near the end of the film. And if you aren't moved by the drag party the campers hold for Michael, you're just dead inside. Dead I say.
This movie is a wonderful movie. The title doesn't really suggest it but once you begin to watch it it just captivates you and you can't resist the temptation to finish the whole movie. It inspires kids to be who they really are and not worry about others. It inspired to me to be myself and not really care about what others think. I really related to the teens in the movie primarily because most of them were dealing with and going through problems that I had. I really encourage any teen who feels like an outcast or left out to watch this movie. i know it would make you feel better about yourself. Not to mention that the singing was fantastic. The young people in this movie definitely had talent. I know it did for me.
CAMP is a pleasant-enough remake of FAME, only set in a summer camp for musical and theatrical actors. A real place, we might add. Actor Todd Graff assembled a group of high-spirited unknowns and filmed CAMP at the very camp he attended as a youth and later worked at. The songs are from some of Broadway's most famous shows as well as a couple of originals, and they are all great to hear performed by a cadre of youthful innocents with surprisingly big and powerful voices. The film deals with adult themes, uses plenty of bad language, and has a very strong gay sensibility, so viewers beware. This is NOT a Disney film and has a PG-13 rating. It is best viewed by those over 13 years of age, and then only by mature 13 year olds. The movie droops considerably between musical numbers -- the kids clearly are not professional actors, the dialogue is often stilted, and the big finale is a direct swipe from SISTER ACT 2 -- but the musical numbers are plentiful and come fast and furious. Watch for the little girl with big dark hair who sabotages the camp's blonde "princess;" she's a real hoot, and surprises us with a singing voice 10 times bigger than her tiny frame would suggest.
Gosh i love this movie! It seems i catch the best movies late at night on movie channels and it's so upsetting that these kinds of movies never get the exposure they deserve. Watching this movie just make you want to get up and jump right into the scenes and start singing. The songs and numbers were so different and interesting. Seeing this movie has had me singing the like "Hey! do you wanna come out, and play the game, it's never too late" for like a year now. Its the only line i knew and i would catch myself randomly singing it in my head when i was doing boring work or just walking around. Then last night at 3:30 or so i decided to head to bed and i flipped through the TV channels out of habit and found this movie was on again. Of course i stayed up until 5 watching it. if anyone has a chance to watch this film i strongly suggest it. Then go out, buy it, and show it to all your friends. The characters are really entertaining. Their oh so familiar teen struggle to fit in, be loves, and please everyone makes you feel part of the story. Like ... I've been there. Anyway... 2Thumbs up for this movie. I wish there were more pictures like this available on a larger scale. I'm a bit sick of watching over budgeted, under-talented, lack-luster, "Hollywood Blockbusters". Watch Camp!!
i recently watched the movie this afternoon and i find it very good... it such an inspiring movie and and the cast are all wonderful... i hope ill gonna have a free copy of this movie (camp)... I relate my self in this movie reason why this movie becomes wonderful to me. I never been on the line of drama before, but i don't know what was happened, i finished this movie with a succession on my mind. I don't need to ask myself of who really i am... Because I'm a straight guy hahahahah!!! From now on ill going to love my special s0meone Very much and ill never do which can make her mad... I really want to watch this movie again... Daniel Ur the MAn!!! ur the best!!!!
I LoVe this movie i have DVR on my TV and i watch it almost every day !!!! all of them have amazing voices !!! and Vlad is so HoT !!!! he is FiNe !!!! i HIGHLY RECOMMEND this movie if u like comedy, drama , and Romance !!!! Dee in the movie has a VERY POWERFUL voice !!!! fritz in her main singing play is beautiful and indescribable !!!! the " mean girl" Jill is so convincing and i want to hate her so much !!!! i had a party and i played this movie and everyone loved it !!!! i also really loved all the music in the movie!! Jenna is just a doll in the movie too and a little low key then she starts to blossoms LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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