Happy Campers (2001)

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Screenwriter Daniel Waters, who up-ended the traditional teen comedy with his cult classic Heathers, makes his directorial debut with this darkly humorous teen romp. It's summer at Camp Bleeding Dove, and when the teenaged counselors aren't busy watching their young charges or being verbally browbeaten by camp director Oberon (Peter Stormare), they're engaged in an ongoing game of musical cots, with nervous Talia (Emily Bergl) crazy about bad-boy Wichita (Brad Renfro), Wichita lusting after neat-freak Wendy (Dominique Swain), Wendy taking a longing look at Pixel (James King), and Pixel opting to pair off with Adam (Jordan Bridges), while lonely Donald (Justin Long) and Jasper (Keram Mailicki-Sanchez) watch from the sidelines. In the midst of all this hormonal overdrive, the various counselors barely have time to think about the campers, but suddenly they're forced to when Oberon is severely injured in an accident, leaving it up to them to run the camp and organize the activities -- which suddenly take a sharp turn off the straight and narrow. Happy Campers was screened as a last-minute entry at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, shortly after New Line Cinema, which financed the project, opted to turn the film back over to its producers.
Rating:
R (Nonstop Crude Sexuality, Drug Content, Language, Drug Use)
Genre:
Comedy
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New Line Cinema

Cast

Brad Renfro
as Wichita
Emily Bergl
as Talia
Jaime King
as Pixel
Justin Long
as Donald
James King
as Pixel
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Critic Reviews for Happy Campers

All Critics (7)

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Full Review… | July 13, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

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January 3, 2007
Filmcritic.com

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September 10, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Despite some curious performances, you wouldn't want to camp out here too long.

September 19, 2002
Moviehole

Insulting to the intelligence and filled with numbingly awful jokes and little originality.

September 9, 2002
Apollo Guide

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July 26, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Happy Campers

Happy Campers may not all be so happy in this film. It's a ridiculously bad taste version of Meatballs. Certainly not made for children with all the sex and swearing going on. The film has darker subtext to it's cheery appearance, watch at your own discretion.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

It's a camp movie, but it is not totally dumded down. Although there is the typical cliche camp movie stuff in here they also try to infuse some teeange drama in here for an older crowd to enjoy.

Jeff Heruth
Jeff Heruth
½

This definitely wasn't Meatballs! I just finished watching this movie and I'm not sure what to make of it. Yes, it was sort of a sex comedy...but it was also a coming of age movie...and kind of dark....I'm confused...

Joe Messina
Joe Messina

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