Camp Cool Kids

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Faith-based summer camp tale deals with bullying.

NR 2017 104 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 12 reviews

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age 7+

not enough hendrix

Every time Hendrix is on the screen, the plot thickens and I am drawn further into the story of the film. Especially in the tug of war scene, you could really feel Hendrix's passion through the screen. Also in the food fight scene he was one of the first to stand up, showing his enthusiasm for the project and his go-getter attitude towards religion and acting. This movie is a must-watch, but it would be a masterpiece if Hendrix had a leading role.

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Too much consumerism
age 9+

Confusing and poorly plotted

I watched this with my 9 yo dtr and felt like I needed to keep interjecting to assure her that this is not how a summer camp actually works. You do not have to choose your own cabin and get stuck if you don't know anyone, big kids can't just wander into little kids' unattended cabins and trash them, counselors do not just wander off on individual walks with the kids, the kids don't just get to make campfires unsupervised, and there would be way more staff supervision. There's a lot of egregious bullying and very little actual consequences or repentance by most of the kids, although the main brothers do admit that they made poor choices. And the portrayal of girls as mostly one-dimensional objects was really disappointing. The camp director appeared to be the only female staff of any note and she was weirdly mean and dismissive for no good plot reason. If the story actually reflected the occasional Christian thing they tried to put in, that would be one thing (and would make it easier for viewers to decide if this was their kind of thing or to skip it). But it seemed so randomly and half-heartedly inserted in the script - a few sentences from a lecture about forgiveness before a prank went bad, or "follow God" in their list of rules, few of which were actually enforced. It didn't actually fit anything the rest of the plot was about. They should've either redone the plot to reflect an actual faith-based point of view if that was their objective, or left it out altogether. Even for a kids' movie, the script could've been a lot better. There are many movies and shows that are better for discussing making positive choices and learning to treat other people well.

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