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Camp (2003)

Cast: Daniel Letterle, Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, more...
Director: Todd Graff, Todd Graff
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Musicals
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Tony-nominated actor Todd Graff makes his directorial debut with the musical comedy Camp, featuring an ensemble cast of newcomers. Guitarist Vlad (Daniel Letterle) attends Camp Ovation, the summer theater camp for budding actors, dancers, and musicians. Finding himself to be one of the only hetero boys around, he soon befriends nice girl Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat). Meanwhile, openly gay Michael (Robin de Jesus) develops a crush on him. This sparks dramatic confrontations among fellow campers Jenna (Tiffany Taylor), Jill (Alana Allen), and Fritzi (Anna Kendrick). The whole camp is run by Bert Hanley (Don Dixon), a washed-up Broadway songwriter who decides to enlist the help of his young campers to put together a new production. Features musical numbers by Stephen Sondheim and the Rolling Stones, as well as original tunes from composer Michael Gore and lyricist Lynn Ahrens. Camp was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • "The Making of Camp"
  • Live Cast Performance
  • Theatrical Trailer

GreenCine Member Reviews

Recipe for a Bad Movie by LSeto December 6, 2004 - 12:39 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
First, take a standard, from-the-box trite movie mix. You know, the coming-of-age, artsy kids at summer camp flavor.
Add several cups of unexplained, unmentioned racial weirdness. (Why is it a given that the two white girls fight for the lead parts, even when they're doing a Supremes-style number? Why does no one complain about this? Oh right, it's because their mouths are wired shut...)
Add about a gallon of homophobic undertones. (After all, the real reason Vlad is so great is that he's talented--and STRAIGHT. Apparently this is quite the prize in the musical theatre world. Who could resist him? After all, even gay men love straight guys more.)
Bake in the summer sun. Drizzle the resulting reels with a tablespoon or two of decent performances. (Sure, some of them can sing, but is it enough to make up for the rest of the film?)
Garnish with an inexplicable cameo by Stephen Sondheim.
Voila! 110 minutes of annoying, vaguely offensive film.

Not much substance by meflaherty April 27, 2004 - 1:12 PM PDT
0 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Could only take so much of this movie. Had to cut it off after about 30 minutes. I couldn't find much to like about this film.

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