Camp Rock

  • Review Date: June 20, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2008

Common Sense Media says

Disney turns out a fun, clean, surefire tween hit.
  • Review Date: June 20, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2008

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Strong, frequently reiterated positive messages about believing in yourself and being who you are.

Positive role models

Although many characters do plenty of
iffy things -- lying, purposely getting people in trouble, embarrassing
others in public, acting better than other people, being rude to adults
and other kids, etc. -- they definitely learn their lessons in the end. Tess is materalistic and the epitome of a "mean girl" for much of
the movie, though her behavior has clear causes (her famous mother is
very distant); Shane also behaves like a self-entitled snot until he
learns the error of his ways. The cast is impressively diverse, and
Mitchie -- who makes plenty of mistakes but learns from them -- is a
very relatable character for tween and teen girls.

Violence & scariness

A few pratfalls and some shouting matches.

Sexy stuff

Many of the girls are ga-ga for rock star Shane Gray. Shane and Mitchie flirt and look intensely into each other's eyes, but that's about as racy as it gets.

Language

Words like "jerk," "stupid," "loser," and "shut up" are used infrequently.

Consumerism

The movie is part of an enormous marketing campaign.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like High School Musical before it, this is a cute, upbeat musical comedy that tweens will be dying to see (thanks in no small part to a) Disney's massive marketing campaign and b) the fact that all three Jonas Brothers are in it). More jaded older kids may not entirely buy the movie's squeaky-clean version of teen life, but younger kids will love it -- and they'll get plenty of positive messages about believing in yourself and being who you are in between the catchy songs. Some characters do things that are clearly wrong -- lying, treating other people poorly, acting selfishly -- but they all learn their lesson in the end. Expect some flirting and a couple of near kisses (again, just like HSM).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

School's almost out, and the only thing that music-loving teen Mitchie Torres (Demi Lovato) wants to do for the summer is hone her talents at Camp Rock. But in order to afford the fees, her caterer mom (Maria Canals-Barrera) will have to be the camp chef. That doesn't bother down-to-earth Mitchie until she meets rich, popular Tess Tyler (Meaghan Jette Martin); all of a sudden, Mitchie is lying about her whole life in order to impress her snobby new "friend." Meanwhile, bad boy musician Shane Gray (Joe Jonas) has been shipped off to camp to spiff up his image by doing some time as a mentor/counselor. Sparks fly between him and Mitchie, but even their sweet duet gets drowned out when Tess pulls the rug out from under Mitchie's feet. Will everything work out in time for Final Jam?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CAMP ROCK is cute, fun, and full of positive messages about being true to yourself. Sure, the story's predictable and the characters aren't exactly what you'd call deep (though Lovato and Martin both turn in fine, earnest performances), but that won't matter to the legions of tweens who only had to hear the words "Jonas Brothers" to come down with a case of Camp Rock fever. Though middle brother Joe has the biggest role, siblings Kevin and Nick also show up (mostly to provide comic relief) as Shane's fellow bandmates in fictional pop group Connect 3. Naturally, the guys perform a song together ("Play My Music") in a scene that's sure to entertain fans.

"Naturally" may actually be the key word when it comes to explaining what sets Camp Rock apart from fellow made-for-TV hits High School Musical and High School Musical 2. Although the movies have a lot in common -- not the least of which is a sanitized, remarkably unnatural take on teen life -- in Camp Rock, all of the musical numbers (and there are plenty, from Lovato's sincere "This Is Me" to the rousing "We Rock" finale) are organic to the situation. Here, the characters sing and dance because they're performers in training; no one randomly breaks into song in the middle of class or work to move the story along. It's a relatively fine distinction for a tween-targeted Disney movie, but it may be enough of a selling point for kids who aren't normally into musicals to make a difference.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why kids want to see this movie -- is it because of the Jonas Brothers? Because of ads they've seen on the Disney Channel? Or just because it sounds like a good movie?

  • What does Mitchie learn

  • by the time the credits roll? Do you think she handles her problems in

  • a realistic way?

  • Do the teens in this movie seem like real people? Why

  • or why not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 20, 2008
DVD release date:August 19, 2008
Cast:Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, Meaghan Jette Martin
Director:Matthew Diamond
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Musical
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byIrateyourmovies October 9, 2009
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8
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you should be proud of who you are not lie about it

This movie had some awesome music.... I will give it that. But I couldn't help but lose interest, because all she could seem to do was lie about who she is. She wasn't proud of who she was and I didn't like that. You shouldn't feel like you have to change just to fit in.

Teen, 14 years old Written bySilverSnake July 9, 2010
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4
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Its too similler

Oh my gosh I dlsike this movie so very much, I did watch it all the way through, it made my head hurt. The acting is horrible, and you know whats going to happen!! And Michie is a tad pathetic, I mean she lies about who her mom is and who she is just to fit in with girls she doesnt even like! Its pradicable: A new girl comes around and she automaticly isnt consittered 'cool' so she lies, gets into the 'cool' group, that usually consists of wanna be fashion snobs. She ends up having to suck up to the 'ring leader' and she has to constantly lie. She finds one true friend but even ignores her half the time to be with the snobs. MeanWhile the boy of her dreams is stressing with whatever hes stressing with, they meet, but its usually not a pleasent meeting. Girl gets caught in her web of lies and pretty much EVERYONE turns agents her, leaving to weap and cry, mean girl frames her for something she didn't do, the girl hardly does anything to defend herself and cries again, somehow all odds work out and she gets what she wants some how, friends of mean girl turn agents her, the boy that was origionally a spoiled snob ( or best friend of main character ) falls in love with main girl. They reunite and fall in love, main girl ends up being a star or something 'good' Best friend forgives her out of the blue.

That, is usually how it is.... in EVERY. SINGLE. MOVIE. Dont tell me I'm wrong because I'm not, the plots are the same, Mitchie may learn to be herself, but she is a brat through most of the movie, there are many catfights and shouting through it out and everything turns randomly. I'm sorry, I understand they are not perfect, but they need to use more creativity.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byHunterJumper13 January 4, 2011
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2
QUALITY
 

Who would WATCH this?!

Really? Camp Rock? I think I'll just go cry in a corner... Let me count the reasons why I hate this movie:
1. It has the Jonas Brothers
2. It's sooo predictable. The mean girls turn out to be nice, the main charicter and one of the Jonas Brothers (I don't know which one, I have better things to remember) end up together, etc etc
3. The MUSIC (if you could call it that)... Oh my gosh it made my ears bleed...
4. It has the Jonas Brothers in it (I must remind you of this fact)
5. TERRIBLE acting. "Oh gosh, I'm just so nervous!" *girlish scream and hand wringing*
6. You say "family movie"? Honestly, what dad or older kids would enjoy watching this junk? Only the 4 year olds and the doting mothers.
7. One of the songs goes "This is me, I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be and I'm gonna let the light *voice rises to shriek* SHINE ON MEEEEE!!!". Do you really want your eardrums to burst?
Save your money, your ears, and your braincells. Don't watch this movie.

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