Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)

Ernest Goes to Camp


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The slow-witted, bumbling Ernest gets a job as a handyman at a summer camp in this broad, juvenile comedy. Hoping to impress his bosses and receive a promotion to counselor, Ernest goes out of his way to help the campers, but his efforts instead lead to slapstick chaos.

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: John R. Cherry III, Coke Sams, John Cherry
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On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures


as Ernest P. Worrell

as Nurse St. Cloud

as Old Indian Chief

as Bronk Stinson

as Sherman Krader

as Moustafa Hakeem-Jone...

as Bobby Wayne

as Crutchfield

as Bubba Vargas

as Medicine Man

as Chip Ozgood

as Technician

as Pennington

as Attorney Elliott Bla...

as Mr. Tipton

as Counselor Stennis

as Technician

as Counselor Sparks

as counselor Puckett

as Young Indian Brave

as State Supervisor

as Brave's Father

as Mr. Stewart

as Molly Steart

as Mrs. Stewart
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Critic Reviews for Ernest Goes to Camp

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Typical, typical Ernest nonsense, cookie cutter funny.

March 6, 2008

Feverishly funny family fun

March 11, 2005

Ernest did much better in some of the follow-ups.

August 11, 2003

Audience Reviews for Ernest Goes to Camp

I don't care if the critics like this or not. Jim Varney was(and still is) one of my favorite actors of all time. He was truly gifted and a multi-faceted actor. How could anyone not fall for that lovable, yet zany 'Ernest'? 'Ernest Goes to Camp' is just one of the many movies I love starring Jim Varney. It's not hard to peel back a thin layer and find the good moral content of this show. As with all 'Ernest' movies, there's always a positive outlook and message that he sends. I never get tired of watching these movies over and over again. Ernest sings "Gee, I'm Glad it's Rainin'", and it's so heartbreakingly beautiful and he sings it with such emotion. The song, "Brave Hearts" fits this movie and Ernest to T. The lyrics are uplifting. Hollywood is too saturated and concerned with making movies that are filled with bad language, sex and violence. It's too bad they don't make movies like this anymore. I love Jim 'Ernest P. Worrell' Varney's movies because they were void of filth and vulgarity. It's good, honest, clean fun. He always gave people the benefit of the doubt, stuck by those who would ridicule him and was just a humble, sweetheart of a guy. Even his commercials are entertaining and I'm one of those people who usually hate commercials. And you'd have to be made of stone not to be drawn in by such a powerful and magnetic smile. R.I.P. James Albert Varney Jr. You were one of the good ones. It's a shame that some people fail to see that.

Stacy Avary

Super Reviewer

Ernest P. Worrell: You see these hands? Huh? Huh? You see them? If I put them in my pockets I will be arrested for concealing lethal weapons.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer


As a child I loved this film very much. I'm giving it a good rating for prosperity!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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