Parents' Guide to

Camp Hideout

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Warm but unoriginal camp comedy models positive behavior.

Movie PG 2023 100 minutes
Camp Hideout Movie Poster: Caricature drawing of summer camp counselors and camper

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

age 8+

Super wholesome, a tad boring

Almost like a watered down home alone, with a troubled youth/camp theme to it. Thought it would be funnier based on the preview, o So was a little disappointed from that perspective. Probably the most wholesome movie I have ever seen. Would recommend for anyone 8 and over only because anyone younger will probably be bored. Does have a very slight religious undertone to it but it’s subtle enough to where it’ll go over a lot of kids heads. This is the stuff kids should be watching, not this other stuff that’s out there these days.

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If only wholesome, good-natured, clean comedy was all it took to produce high-quality family entertainment. Camp Hideout is incredibly well-intentioned, and it certainly has less sexuality, violence, and language than the hilarious-but-mature camp movies and Home Alone comedies it was clearly inspired by. Director Sean Olson tries to deliver the fun of both without the iffy content. But the humor isn't that funny, the script doesn't make much sense in the real world, story beats are left unresolved, and most kids will recognize it as more than just paying homage to the Macaulay Culkin classic.

Where the movie really shines is in breezily delivering its faith-based elements in a way that's likely to be accepted by both faith and secular audiences. The filmmakers eschew sermons in favor of having the characters practice what would be preached. A troubled teen finds himself surrounded by peers and aspirational young adults who model positive behavior; it rubs off on him, and he starts acting the same way. A popular hymn includes the line, "They will know we are Christians by our love," and in this lighthearted comedy, the campers and their counselors show what that really means.

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