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Happy Campers (2001)

R | | Comedy | 21 January 2001 (USA)
When a summer camp director gets injured, the diverse group of college freshmen counselors take charge and spice up the everyday routine of the camp.

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Daniel Waters

Writer:

Daniel Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Renfro ... Wichita
Dominique Swain ... Wendy
Keram Malicki-Sánchez ... Jasper
Emily Bergl ... Talia
Jordan Bridges ... Adam
Jaime King ... Pixel (as James King)
Justin Long ... Donald
Peter Stormare ... Oberon
Graham Frye Graham Frye ... Charlie The Cook
Ryan Adams Ryan Adams ... Bad Boy Billy
Ashley Banks Ashley Banks ... Nasty Natalie
Monica Hewes ... Millie (as Monica Bugajski)
Trevor Christensen Trevor Christensen ... Wichitaesque Wes
Elizabeth Dray Elizabeth Dray ... Hayley
Xavier Hernandez Xavier Hernandez ... Upper Income Lawrence
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When a summer camp director gets injured, the diverse group of college freshmen counselors take charge and spice up the everyday routine of the camp.

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The excitement is In-tents!

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nonstop crude sexual content involving minors, and for language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

40 kafta meronyhta See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

DiNovi Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Adam: When you throw a bunch of people together in the forest, they become something more than just a bunch of people together in the forest.
Talia: Personality traits blend into one another: sweet, bitter, moral, immoral, overconfident, overwhelmed.
Wendy: A strange environment is created, one in which anything that happens to anyone, happens to you. Welcome to camp Bleeding Dove.
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Connections

References Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Softer Side
Written and Performed by Kathleen York (as Bird York)
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Not your usual camping flick!
30 August 2002 | by cinefilegodSee all my reviews

Daniel Waters, the writer of Heathers, takes a turn in writing and directing his latest feature: Happy Campers. If Meatballs could be remade with more, younger, and edgier camp counselors, than this would be the film. Some parallels can be made between this film and Heathers, showing that Waters knew which elements worked: both have an overweight child who is picked on, then is later highly respected; both have a song/jingle that is overplayed, which drive a main character crazy; and both try to invent new words and catch phrases. Happy Campers also looks to be inspired from various aspects of Shakespeare. Someone says, "...doth protest too much," straight out of Hamlet; The term "fairies" is thrown around and the head counselor's name is Oberon, who was king of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream; and they toy with the idea of death by poisoning, which is a common end to many Shakespearean tragedies. I greatly enjoyed this film - It took chances, and fought to stay out of the "cleaned-up summer camping movie" category. There's enough shock value here to leave a mark in your moral judgment!


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