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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
We all need to find the place where we're happy, and there's no one right answer for everyone. Stay loyal to your friends. Camp camaraderie is unique and valuable, so don't let it slip away. Don't give up, even when something seems impossible.
Positive Role Models
The three best friends, apparently in their mid-20s, drink a lot of alcohol but are otherwise good role models. Elise is self-involved and feels sorry for herself at first but eventually opens up to the camp experience and to the unexpected turns her life takes. She, Allison, and Maxine take good care of each other through thick and thin.
Violence & Scariness
One punch in the nose without blood. One fight that's more of a scuffle with rolling on the ground. An accidental cut on a finger with blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few deep kisses, one of which includes licking the face. Sexual talk between the protagonists is very frank, including the lines, "A 13-year-old girl broke her panties" and "My ovaries just winced." One character wants to have sex to celebrate some good news and lies on top of her partner in bed, over the covers. Back-alley abortions are mentioned as something kids would be involved in if they didn't have camp. Two characters look at another's genitalia and comment on waxing. A sexually transmitted disease is referred to as "the herp."
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"S--t" several times. "Bulls--t," "boobs," "suck me," "penis," "perv," "butt crack," and "bitch" once or twice each. "Maxi pad" is used as a nickname several times and leads to a joke about tampons. Several middle-finger gestures and jokes.
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Products & Purchases
Several laptop computers with the Apple logo. The back of an old truck with "Chevrolet" prominently. Characters mention HBO, Hefty, Vagisil, Slim Jim, Barbie, and Altoids once each; Tater Tots, Twitter, and Reddit several times each.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink to excess as a release or escape several times, with mild hangovers afterward. The only consequences are a disheveled appearance and a character reeking of scotch. They also drink one or two shots during the day from a secret stash several times. It's mentioned that a writer sniffed her advance up her nose and that kids would experiment with drugs if they didn't have summer camp. A counselor jokes about how she gets the campers to "give up their weed." Older campers sneak cigarettes, and one is admonished for not hiding it very well. Elise tries to light a cigarette but fails and throws it down.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Camp Takota is a well-intentioned love letter to summer camp produced by and starring the popular YouTube personalities behind "My Drunk Kitchen," "DailyGrace," and "You Deserve a Drink." As you would expect, it frequently shows drinking and drunk behavior, usually as a release or escape, sometimes played for laughs, and overall it's glamorized as harmless fun for adults. There's frank sex talk and lots of innuendo. Language is mild overall, but "s--t" is used several times; "bitch" and "bulls--t" are used once each. Expect some middle-finger gestures. Older campers sneak cigarettes. Body-function humor surfaces in several bed-wetting jokes, and "maxi pad" is used as a nickname several times. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although well-intentioned, CAMP TAKOTA does way too much telling and not enough showing. The special bond that comes from being at camp together is mentioned a lot, but we rarely get to see it actually happening, and overall the movie falls emotionally flat. Fans of summer camp who've already experienced this unique feeling may be disappointed in the pale reflections presented here. Fans of Grace Helbig and Hannah and Mamrie Hart may be disappointed, too, because the three actresses play characters -- with varying levels of success -- who are very different from their YouTube channel personas. The jokes will mostly resonate with young adults -- also to varying degrees of success. Pass.
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