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movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Camp

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Daniel Letterle
Director: Todd Graff
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 114 Minutes
Release Date: July 2003
Genres: Comedy, Music

*Also starring: Chris Spain, Don Dixon, Sasha Allen, Alana Allen, Egle Petraityte, Steven Cutts, Vince Rimoldi, Stephen DiMenna

Review by Steve Rhodes
1 star out of 4

"A boy, an honest-to-God straight boy!" exclaims a shocked counselor about a singer at Camp Ovation, a performing arts camp. Yes, it's true. In a movie that's a monument to diversity, CAMP even has a token heterosexual boy, a lad named Vlad (Daniel Letterle). Mostly, however, the cast is a rainbow made up of gays, reluctant bisexuals, transvestites, minorities, handicaps, ugly people, fat people, alcoholics and you name it. It's political correctness run amok. The story is supposedly based on a real life camp attended by stars such Natalie Portman, whom none of these actors even remotely resemble.

The film again validates the trailer rule. If a movie's trailer looks good, that tells you nothing about the picture itself, since it's easy to disguise a dog by pumping up its trailer. But, if the trailer looks appalling, the movie will almost always be awful. The trailer for CAMP looked terrible, which turned out to be the case for the movie as well, which features some of the most unrealistic and downright pathetic acting that I've seen in some time. And the movie's musical numbers, while well sung, are so bland that listening to them is like being stuck in an elevator for two hours and having to endure its musical offerings.

"I'm still here!" one of the girls belts out in song. And so was the movie, which hung around for two tortuous hours like unwanted house guests who never take the hint that they long since overstayed their welcome.

CAMP runs 1:54. It is rated PG-13 for "mature thematic elements regarding teen sexual issues, and some language" and would be acceptable for kids around 12 and up.

My son Jeffrey, age 14, gave it just one star, saying that he found it dull and boring.

Copyright 2003 Steve Rhodes

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