DVD Camp [DVD] [2009] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 11075),
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Camp [DVD] [2009] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Todd Graff's crowd-pleasing directorial debut pays tribute to summer camps, musical theatre, and Stephen Sondheim. The heartwarming comedy follows a group of youngsters who gather together for another summer at Camp Ovation, a refuge in upstate New York that nurtures aspiring performers. This year, the arrival of Vlad (Daniel Letterle) gets everyone's juices flowing. There's the pretty, but shy, Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat); the oversensitive Michael (Robin De Jesus); the stuck up Jill (Alana Allen); the tormented, overweight Jenna (Tiffany Taylor); the scheming Fritzi (Anna Kendrick); and the beautiful Dee (Sasha Allen). In awe of the camp's guest instructor, Bert Hanley (Don Dixon), Vlad is crushed to discover that he has become a bitter, cynical alcoholic. Amidst the raging hormones and daily melodramas, the kids must nonetheless concentrate on the task at hand, which includes staging the summer's final production. Determined not to succumb to Bert's negative influence, Vlad convinces everyone to stage a performance that will inspire everyone. Using a cast of incredibly talented unknowns, Graff makes certain that each budding superstar has their moment to shine. Shifting between comedy and drama in the span of a single scene, Graff also packs CAMP with enough in-jokes and musical numbers to make for a highly entertaining experience.

    Part of the New Directors/New Films 2003 series presented by The Department of Film and Media at the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1005889

  • Credits
    Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin De Jesus, Steven Cutts, Don Dixon, Tiffany Taylor
  • Critic Reviews
    "...CAMP wears its heart on its sleeve....It plugs into the energy, skill and unapologetic joy of its young performers and doesn't look back..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...A blast of exuberant fun that stays rooted in humanity....CAMP is full of surprises....CAMP is something to cheer for..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Every character has a campy personal drama fueling his or her budding talent..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...CAMP is about the cathartic joy of performing. Fearlessly wearing its heart on its sleeve, it's the anti-FAME..."
    Film Comment

    "...The numerous musical sequences are alternately riotous and rousing..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

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