Camp (2013)





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A slick investment advisor attempts to impress a prospective client by volunteering as a counselor at a camp for foster children, and begins to reassess his priorities after developing a bond with a young boy from a broken home in this tender drama inspired by actual events. Eli's mother is a drug addict, and his father is physically abusive. When police answer a domestic disturbance call at Eli's home on his 10th birthday, the young boy is placed in a youth facility where compliance takes precedence over compassion. Meanwhile, Ken Matthews is an investment banker with a bright future. In a calculated effort to dazzle his latest client, a wealthy heiress, Ken volunteers at a youth camp for at-risk children. There, he's paired with Eli. As the two settle into the cabin shared with compassionate counselor Samuel and his quirky charge Redford, it doesn't take long for Ken to realize that he's way out of his league. Eli sees right through Ken, and lashes out at him whenever possible. At first, Ken responds with frustration and anger. The more he learns about Eli's tragic past however, the more his heart goes out to him. In time Ken learns to love Eli unconditionally, a love that's soon challenged when the young boy's brutish father pays an unexpected visit to the camp. At that moment Eli's plight becomes real to Ken, prompting the once-neglectful counselor to do some serious soul searching, and make a sacrifice that could drastically alter the future of the boy who's stuck in a dangerous downward spiral. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for thematic elements, some violence, a crude gesture and brief language)
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Critic Reviews for Camp

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The film, though nicely performed, rarely builds into the kind of gripping emotional journey it clearly intended.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The world could use a few more movies like Camp.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
Fresno Bee

Audience Reviews for Camp

There's so much preachy horseshit here that if Michael Landon were still alive, it would probably crack his top 10 of 2013. Words cannot describe how truly terrible 'Camp' is, and the acting is some of the worst i've seen all year.

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

★★ (out of four) This is a very well intentioned little family movie, but it is poorly constructed with a heavy handed script, and strictly average performances. It is one of those films you want to like more because of its subject matter, but it just fails at making its story consistant. Michael Mattera plays Ken Matthews, a spoiled professional who decides at the last minute to take a summer job helping troubled children at a summer camp. He is assigned to Eli (Miles Elliot), a young kid who has an abusive father and a drug addict mother. Eli and Ken clash from the start, but, as expected they warm to each other as things progress. [IMG][/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

It really captures just about every aspect of being a counselor at RFKC. On a broader level, it will open your eyes to the lives of these abused, neglected children.

Jeremy Rod
Jeremy Rod

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