Camp Nowhere

Movie review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Bullying, iffy behavior undermine comedy's relatable themes.
  • PG
  • 1994
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Parents are depicted as self-involved. Main adult character irresponsibly provides camp space for junior high aged kids to stay. Unclear whether he buys beer for kids or not.

Violence

Schoolyard threats of "flushing head in toilet." Parent threatens to hurt son if he doesn't answer phone. Mock war scene.

Sex

Scenes of scantily clad girls. Boys and girls kiss. One shot of boy's suitcase packed with sexually explicit magazines and discussions of nudity.

Language

Degradation of peers. Examples include: "Yo, Turd," "Sniff my butt, toe-breath."

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Underage boy trying to buy beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film shows boys bullying others both physically and verbally, a girl is harassed by her mother for being overweight, kids lie to their parents, and there are many scenes of sexually suggestive behavior. The film does tackle important topics that are relatable to burgeoning adolescents about physical changes in the body and relationships with parents and peers.

User Reviews

Educator Written bycaffinegirl85 January 27, 2012

love this movie!

Omg love this movie! its great funny and i think kids can watch it . cause its not bad . no its a real awesome cool movie . just by watching it totally puts me...
Parent of a 11 year old Written by[email protected] June 1, 2011

kids can watch it not just adluts kids and tweens!

the movie is very good i think kids can watch it and enjoy it its not a bad movie its actually a good funny movie for anyone to watch the fact that it has both...
Teen, 13 years old Written bycartoonfreak97 May 1, 2010

Good, funny movie for teens and pre teens

Just a good movie if you just wanna have fun.fun movie for teens and pre teens.

What's the story?

Morris "Mud" Himmel is a bright kid in junior high who has befriended the school bully, a wealthy female classmate, and a brainy girl who is constantly reminded that she's overweight. All of their parents want them to go to summer sleep-away camps that will "improve" them in one way or another. Mud figures out a way to raise money and rent an unused hippie commune with the help of an ex-drama coach played by Christopher Lloyd. They trick the parents into thinking they've gone to their parent-chosen camp when really they spend eight weeks on their own with no rules, adults, or structure. Word gets out about this plan and others kids join into the mayhem. It turns into party central.

Is it any good?

CAMP NOWHERE touches on relatable topics for junior high-aged kids about their changing physical selves, becoming attracted to others, and having frustration with parents and authority. Unfortunately it plays out by these kids lying to the parents and all the social pressures felt at school continuing through the hierarchy of power amongst the kids. The climatic scene is not when the parents discover the lies of their young teens but when Mud comes forward and admits it was his idea. Here is a lesson that kids can take from this movie: the importance of standing up and taking responsibility for one's own actions.

Christopher Lloyd fans will enjoy him at his best in the scene where he takes on different personas to tempt parents into sending their kids to this camp. With offensive name calling and sexual undertones, it's a film that is poorly executed about kids wanting independence and to have fun and progress through the oh-so-memorable challenges of the middle childhood years.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what these kids really wanted all along; that is, to have some downtime over the summer and how to avoid the dangers of being "over scheduled" in today's busy world. Why is that important?

  • Ask kids how they'd design a camp that's equally fun and has some independence from adults but is also safe for all.

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