A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sequel to Disney's hit Camp Rock is bound to be another must-see for tweens, thanks largely to stars Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. Just like the original, Camp Rock 2 boasts plenty of fun song-and-dance numbers and lots of positive messages about being true to yourself, staying loyal to your ideals, and valuing friendship. Disney’s ultra-clean take on teen life might garner some eye rolling from older tweens, but younger ones will enjoy the story, and they’ll come away from it with a positive and inspiring view of self-expression.
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What's the story?
School’s out, and the Camp Rockers are headed back to their summer oasis for more music and fun. But an unexpected sight awaits them there: A rival group -- Camp Star -- has set up shop across the lake. Led by Camp Rock founder Brown Cesario’s (Daniel Fathers) former bandmate Axel Turner (Daniel Kash), Camp Star takes a more cutthroat approach to fostering musical talent -- but its glitz and glam woo some defectors and threaten Camp Rock’s existence. Mitchie (Demi Lovato) and Shane (Joe Jonas) had hoped that summer camp would give them a chance to deepen their relationship, but now it’s up to them to pull together a performance that will save the camp itself.
Is it any good?
Tweens will be thrilled to see their favorite stars back in this fun sequel, which, like the original, is filled with positive messages about loyalty, self-expression, and sticking to your values. Mitchie and Shane’s relationship evolves slowly, culminating in one kiss, and Nate (Nick Jonas) dabbles in love with a rival rocker, but that’s the extent of the "racy" content. Disney tradition dictates that the movie is devoid of anything truly iffy, so parents can feel safe in giving tweens the go-ahead.
By now most tweens are very familiar with the style of Disney’s music-infused movies and shows, so the fact that CAMP ROCK 2: THE FINAL JAM devotes so much of its time to breakout song-and-dance numbers won’t come as a surprise. The good news is that the talented star pool (in addition to Lovato, all three of the Jonas Brothers join in) is skilled enough to ensure that the many musical interruptions actually enhance the plot rather than disrupt it. The bad news is that the sheer number of the tunes (14 in all) gives jaded viewers (namely, parents) the impression that the movie is doubling as a commercial for the soundtrack CD.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this movie compares to the original. Did you like it as much as the original? What differences, if any, did you see? Were you as excited to see this one as the first?
What is the movie saying about friendship and teamwork? How do the characters show that they care about each other? What threatens their relationships?
Do you think this movie portrays a realistic take on teen life? Why or why not? What lessons do the characters learn? Are their situations relatable?