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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strong messages about self-esteem, teamwork, and respecting others. A bully meets his match and learns a lesson from his own embarrassing moment, and a longtime victim finds the courage to step out of that role and inspire others to do the same. Lots of potty humor like burping (there's a contest for it), vomiting, farting, and shooting spitballs.
Positive Role Models
Fred's mannerisms and personality are impossibly annoying from an adult's standpoint, but his role in this story is surprisingly positive. Rather than being a lone misfit, he endears himself to a new group of friends and steps up as an emotional leader for them, learning a few things about his own strengths along the way. This is a good thing, considering the movie's shortage of adult role models.
Violence & Scariness
A brief instance of a teen hitting a man with a log, but there's no lasting injury. Campers' maladies include oversized bug bites, bee stings, and a case of poison ivy on the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of kisses. Kids refer to an adult counselor as "hot."
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A bully calls Fred names like "dork" and "spaz," and Fred uses his pseudo-curse word, "gammit," a number of times.
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Camp Fred is the third movie starring the Internet sensation character, and it features a few other Nickelodeon stars in the cast as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fred 3: Camp Fred is the third movie centering on the character of Fred Figglehorn of YouTube fame, so if this is your kids' first introduction to the grating, high-pitched star, they may be inspired to backtrack through his previous movies and online clips. Happily, the content here is less objectionable than that of Fred's previous escapades, and there's only a smattering of his irritating, self-designed curse word, "gammit," in the dialogue. What's more, the storyline actually manages to impart some positive messages about self-confidence, teamwork, and respect for differences, all surprisingly spearheaded by Fred himself. There are some instances of bullying at the expense of Fred and his friends, but their ability to rise above it is what will stick with kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The third time's a charm for this scrawny, squeaky-voiced character, who rose from Internet fame to star in a wildly popular movie franchise. Whereas the previous Fred films stumbled over some parent-disapproved content, Camp Fred makes an impressive effort to stick to a storyline that parents won't just tolerate -- they may actually like it. Fred evolves from his typical outcast role to become a valued friend and eventually a team leader, all because of his unwillingness to give into pressure to change how he looks, acts, or (perhaps, regretfully) sounds. In so doing, he inspires his new friends to take more pride in their own uniqueness, too.
That's not to say Camp Fred dispenses with all of the, um, charm that's made Fred such a hit among tweens. He's still a little off his rocker, he still butts heads with his lethargic, man-crazy mom, and he's still prone to oversized tantrums when things don't go his way. But, happily, shipping him off to summer camp seems to have worked small miracles on his demeanor, which is good news for the parents of his faithful fans.
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