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Camp (2003)



Critic Consensus: Campy comedy that squeaks by on its charms.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements regarding teen sexual issues, and some language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Graff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 2004
Box Office: $1.6M
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Don Dixon
as Bert Hanley
Luke Stanhope
as Buddy Miller
Melanna Gray
as Shaun and Petie's Mo...
Eddie Clark
as Jenna's Father
Leslie J. Frye
as Jenna's Mother
Brad Simmons
as Pianist
Sean Hanley
as Husband
David Perlow
as Ellen's Brother
Egle Petraityte
as Julie, Vlad's Girlfr...
Bylly Fagen
as Photographer
Kellie Brisbane
as PA Announcer
Kenny Brescia
as Guitar/Banjo
Daniel Weiss
as Organ/Guitar
Kenny Leeper
as Trumpet
Matthew Snyder
as Saxophone/Clarinet
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Critic Reviews for Camp

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (34)

A soap-opera patchwork of worn backstage cliches.

August 22, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A poor man's Fame. If you can live with that, it makes for a somewhat entertaining experience.

August 22, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Todd Graff, better known as writer, makes a decent (but no more)directing debut with this mildly amusing but unoriginal indie about a bunch of gays and heteros putting on a show.

Full Review… | March 26, 2012

Funny movie about theater camp for teens.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

One doesn't have to be a theater queen to appreciate Camp's humor, but it wouldn't hurt.

Full Review… | April 16, 2004

So chock-full of insider theater references that the film reads like a trivia contest held in the Acapulco Room on a cruise sponsored by

March 22, 2004
Fresno Bee

Audience Reviews for Camp


Cast: Don Dixon, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Steven Cutts, Vince Rimoldi, Kahiry Bess, Chris Spain, Sasha Allen, Alana Allen, Egle Petraityte, Dequina Moore, Stephen DiMenna, Tiffany Taylor, Stephen Sondheim

Director: Todd Graff

Summary: Camp Ovation is a performing arts summer camp where talented kids come to spread their wings. Among them are Vlad (Daniel Letterle), a "bona fide straight boy"; Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat), a megastar with huge insecurities; and Michael (Robin de Jesus), who's struggling with his sexual identity. Their director, Bert Hanlon (Don Dixon), is a washed-up has-been -- but the kids have at least as much to teach him as he has to teach them.

My Thoughts: "I was a bit surprised on how bad some of the acting was considering what the film is about. Although it got a bit boring and definitely had quite a few cheesy moments, I did find some of the movie funny. Anna Kendrick doesn't have much screen time, but you can tell that she out shined them all in the acting and it's no surprise she's doing so well now. Although the film isn't great it does tread on some serious issues for teens and their relationships with their parents. I felt awful for Michael and the one who had her mouth wired shut (forgot her name). I won't deny that there is talent in the movie, it's just the star doesn't shine as bright for some then it does for the others. The film in the end is forgetful."


Super Reviewer


It lives up to its name. What more is there to say? Well, other than that, yes, all the singers sing rather well and Anna Kendrick clearly shows talent here that we get to see more of in her later films.


Super Reviewer


I was rather bored watching it, but some of the cast has got some awesome talent. Letterle, Chilcoat, and Kendrick have amazing voices. But the movie was totally worth getting through to the end to see, I believe it was, Taylor sing at the end. That girl was SPECTACULAR!

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Camp Quotes

Bert Hanley: They're a bunch of little freaks. And the more normal we try to make them, the more lonely and isolated they're going to feel.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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