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Iloved Camp. I thought it was amazing and inspiring and I really fell in love with the actors. I especially liked Robin De Jesus(My favorite) and Vince Rimoldi. Though these two actors were my favorite I found the rest of the cast quite inspiring also. Besides loving the cast I thought the plot was interesting. I am involved in Drama so personally could relate and the camp looked like a place I would like to be. The characters of the actors, and the actors themselves captivated me but not only that the voices of many gave me the chills. Sasha Allen's voice was one of the most amazing voices ever, and some could hit notes you couldn't imagine. Though I am a big fan, I can respect and understand why others wouldn't because it would be difficult for others to relate and its very different.
Greetings. I felt compelled to write a comment about CAMP because I
it was tremendous and wonderful and I liked it even better the second
The premise and timing and storyline were riveting and the characters were
so relateable and brave and vulnerable at the same time. I related to
all and definitely feel that most of us feel like outcasts on some level,
especially during the teenage years. I was surprised at the way Vlad's
character was shown to be flawed as a people-pleaser because it's very
and subtle and not portrayed very often in movies but was very insightful.
Michael's character was moving and complex. Ellen was perfect. All the
secondary characters were also absolutely superb.
Now for the singing, I have never been fond of musicals, but this movie interwove song and drama flawlessly. I never once thought, oh no, not another song. The singing was so wonderful. The first song just hit me to the core. I got the CD but was disappointed that Ellen's song - I'm Going to Love You - wasn't on it because I thought it was amazing and I loved her conviction and voice.
The cherry on the cake was when at the end of the movie the name Todd Graff came on the screen because I met him at college and worked on some kind of project with him. Can't say I remember it or him well but I had actually been thinking about Todd a few weeks earlier and wondering that I hadn't seen him in any movies in a long time and wondering what he was up to - weird. It was fun to go through the DVD extra segments about casting and the background and the filming and see/hear Todd. Way to go, you deserve lots of credit for making a masterful movie. The cast was superb and I loved them all.
I hope we see lots more from Todd Graff!
Where to begin? The music. Simply amazing, I don't think I have heard
soundtracks in my life (with Newsies as a close second). The fact that
songs were sung by the actors themselves, nearly all of them in their late
teens to early 20's, was remarkable. True, the acting wasn't Oscar-worthy,
but the awkwardness and seemingly "forced" dialogue between the actors
to the overall tone of the movie, and absolutely fit into the formation of
each character and his/her traits.
I have heard a few people respond to this movie negatively in part of the acting quality and the stereotyping, which in my opinion, are absolutely absurd bases. As mentioned before, the acting wasn't the best, but the stereotyping is a complete miss. Sure, there were gay kids involved in it, but anyone who has been a part of theater surely knows that isn't a rarity. And the gay kids that appeared in the movie were not "flaming" by any means. Sure there was Spitzer (who i believed was deserving of such a larger part), the extremely "gay" gay kid, there was Vlad, who wasn't exactly the "straightest" straight guy, and there was Michael, the drag queen, who really wasn't "flaming" just because he was a drag queen (which most people think).
I think the story was very well done, and in the fact that the serious moments weren't all that serious, mainly because they were very awkward, and also in that there was an element of humor that captured me as well as my friends who have watched it with me. It isn't a laugh-out-loud comedy, but a silent inner chuckle comedy, and that was what made it interesting. It was a different sort of movie for a different sort of movie watcher. 8/10...perhaps a 9/10 for Michael pulling off that dress.
Is there a rule where someone may either excel in acting or singing but
never in both? "Camp" is about a handful teenagers at a summer camp and
their experiences with relationships, success, life, and each other. The
actors and actresses in this film, as a whole, fit together nicely with
other. The story line, however, is all over the place. The director
obviously had a goal to portray life at a summer camp. But is every male
who goes to acting camp gay? Another fault that I found was the lack of
development with the characters. It was obvious watching the film that
Vlad, Ellen, and Michael were the primary characters that Todd Graff
us (the viewer) to follow. But why did he over-emphasis other characters
who we barely saw? A perfect example is Jenna and her parents. Granted
has a beautiful voice and moment (but more on that later). She was only
used in the beginning and ending and I felt it was forced fed to
So, now you may be asking with all that ranting why did I give it a 7? This movie is worth seeing for the kids empowering songs and musical talent. My advice, or idea, buy the soundtrack and listen the songs to get the idea of the movie. If you listen to the songs in this order you will get the idea of the movie: "How Shall I See You Through My Tears" intro of movie and themes; "Turkey Lurkey Time/And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going/The Ladies Who Lunch"- idea of what they are doing at the camp; "I Sing For You"- cause every movie needs an ambiguous love song/message; "Century Plant"-climatic moment in movie; "Here's Where I Stand"-finale; "The Want of a Nail" - closure
So there you have it....o.k. movie with great and powerful ballads, but sub-par acting.
For anyone who has participated in performing arts camps, this is the movie for you. I went to a camp very much like Camp Ovation for many summers, and when I was too old to be a camper, I started working there. The kids at any performing arts camp really are from another planet, as Bert says. They are all very different but their differences are what brings them together and makes them such wonderful people both individually and as an ensemble. So for all you 'normal' people out there, you might have a hard time grasping this movie. But to my dear showtune junkies out there, you will certainly relate to these characters, and I have no doubt you will love 'Camp'.
The kids in Camp (2003) aren't your typical teenagers: instead of pop music
and teen movies, they listen to Stephen Sondheim and recite monologues from
Boogie Nights. It's obvious that writer/director Todd Graff was trying to
create an equally off-beat film -- but that only makes it all the more
disappointing that the end result is trite and formulaic. It tells the story
of a group of young performers who attend a drama camp over the summer, and
melodrama ensues. Vlad (Daniel Letterle) is the only straight guy on campus,
sharing a room with a drag queen named Michael (Robin de Jesus) and two
other flirtatious theater fanatics named Shaun and Spitzer (Steven Cutts and
Vince Rimoldi) -- to give you an idea of the kind of flirting I'm speaking
of, when Vlad first enters the room he asks, "Where are my drawers?" to
which Shaun says, "I don't think you'll have any problem getting into
anyone's drawers." Love and libidos take control as Vlad falls for a
"less-than-perfect" girl named Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat), and it all seems
more stale than a tween TV soap opera. The screenplay shows potential but
falls flat on every cliche imaginable (honestly: did we REALLY need another,
"I'm nothing special" - "Yes you are" speech?), including the hopeless
alcoholic theater director (Don Dixon) who suddenly finds renewed hope in
life. The script terribly uneven, wobbling between tragedy (de Jesus being
beat up at his Junior Prom for wearing a dress) and attempted comedy (the
sexual disorientation theme gets a little old). The only time the film finds
remote success is when it allows its actors to stop trying to act and do the
only thing they're obviously capable of -- singing. Which brings us to the
main problem with the movie: the performances. With one exception -- which
I'll address later on --, every single performance in Camp is awesomely bad
-- especially Letterle, who emotes about as much energy as Patty Donahue
singing "I Know What Boys Like." Letterle also tries to pass himself off as
some melancholy character who has the looks, popularity, and talent but
still feels empty inside -- but when the worst thing you have going for you
is a mild case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the "poor, poor pitiful me"
rant just doesn't work. However, I DID promise that there was ONE
performance in Camp that stands out: Tiffany Taylor -- whose character of a
slightly over-weight chanteuse is completely marginalized -- is a name to
watch out for in the future. Not only can she sing, but she expresses more
emotion and vulnerability than every other actor in the film combined -- and
she does it without even speaking. Camp was nominated for the Grand Jury
Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, but it (rightfully) lost to American
Splendor. I suppose the film might be able to work as a campy, kitschy
midnight movie, but those seeking a satisfying independent comedy should
beware. Half-way through the film, the has-been theater director asks the
kids, "Who are you? What planet were you beamed down from? Don't you know
that [the theater] is dead?" I'm thankful to Graff for proving that the
theater is, in fact, NOT dead -- but as for the performers themselves, they
can return to their home-planet for all I care. Except for Tiffany, of
I understand that some viewers expected this movie would be a comedy. I
didn't expect anything and I liked it very much. Acting isn't great, the
script is ok, but certainly not great, but I really liked the characters.
But what I liked most about the movie is the soundtrack, the actors are
Despite the not so good end scene, this movie leaves you with a feeling of great joy when you leave the theater. 7/10
I saw Camp about a month ago with a friend of mine. It's about a group of kids at a drama camp, growing up, learning about life, love, and the work of putting on shows every week. As a drama person myself, I found that I could relate to every character in this film. It brought back a lot of memories from high school theatre. Theatre people aren't the only people who will appreciate this film, it's something for everyone. The characters are great, the music is great, it's funny, emotional, and touching. The cast is wonderful, and it turned out to be a very entertaining work. I give it a 7/10
I went to see Camp and didn't like it very much,worse than that I felt very stupid that I whent to see it because this is clearly a film for gay people and well the thing is I'm straight so I was very bored indeed. I was fooled by all the critics that called the movie the "new Fame",This movie is not even close to be as good as fame but it is obvious that the director was trying very hard to copy it. The worse thing is that I really wanted to love that film ,I wanted to see a young talented cast in an involving story about a camp for wannabe Actors/singers but what I have seen is a film about gay kids. Dont get me wrong the cast was good and they were great singer and thats the only reason I stayed until the end of the movie,I wanted to ear all the songs. But this film is far too campy so much that I think that the film was called camp not because the story is set in a camp but because it's so campy. I got really frustrated because it was a big cast but most of the actors were nearly just there to hide the fact that it's a film about being gay.It's very sad because I wanted to know a bit more about them who even if they had VERY little to do were interesting like that lonely sports teacher and that kid he was desperate to convert into sports or the dance teacher and the very young boy he was training or even that girl who had her mouth locked but they were all very unfairly ignored. I have nothing against gay people but the film was only about and for them. But the film aside,all the cast members were great,I hope to see most of them in something were they could truly shine,they deserve it.
Like many of the characters in this Fame-wanna-be film, the acting and the
plot are extremely clumsy and awkward, but the film's heart is big and
definitely in the right place. I wonder if the talent in "Camp" have ever
acted before or if this is their first attempt. The film, rough in many
places, is huge on singing ability. If only "American Idol" drew so many
talented performers instead of the hodge-podge they do...
While I enjoyed "Camp," it seemed to gloss over many of the pertinent issues it presents such as teen sexuality, wrapping it up in a pretty "I forgive you" ending. The character of the has-been playwright seemed pointless altogether, and wholly predictable. Short on development, it could've had a lot more emotional impact had the lead male role (Vlad) bonded more with him.
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