Fred 3: Camp Fred

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Hyper teen's third movie has worthy themes for tweens.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 80 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

A couple of kisses. Kids refer to an adult counselor as "hot."

Language

A bully calls Fred names like "dork" and "spaz," and Fred uses his pseudo-curse word, "gammit," a number of times.

Consumerism

Camp Fred is the third movie starring the Internet sensation character, and it features a few other Nickelodeon stars in the cast as well.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11, 18+, and 18+ year old Written byn8lhg December 2, 2012

Don't bother

Wow, this character "Fred" is in my opinion, intolerable. After just a few minutes of watching this movie, this kid makes my skin crawl. I'm sorr... Continue reading
Grandparent Written byKim J. November 13, 2017

Fantastic Film Making!

I'm astounded by the hard work and effort that went into this product. The cinematography is gorgeous, the acting is phenomenal, and the directing is on po... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 5, 2012

Don't Bother

It is not a good movie I DO NOT LIKE IT
Teen, 13 years old Written bycherryrose9086 August 1, 2012

FREDS GOOD

FRED is a good person i think whats wrong is..well...NOTHING hes funny hyper makes kids happy and his piched voice is soooo funny sure he says gammitt and he do... Continue reading

What's the story?

YouTube star Fred Figglehorn (Lucas Cruikshank) returns to the screen in FRED 3: CAMP FRED, a wacky journey through the hyper teen's first experience at summer camp. When his mom (Siobhan Fallon Hogan) deems Fred's idyllic choice of camps, Camp Superior, too pricey, she registers him instead for its dilapidated next-door neighbor, Camp Iwannapeepee. After an unsuccessful escape attempt, Fred resigns himself to six weeks of roughing it in extreme style, but he falls in with an endearing group of misfits who show him the ropes of surviving the summer. Inspired by his new friends, Fred signs up for the Summer Camp Games, an annual, traditionally one-sided battle against Camp Superior that turns out to be the ultimate face-off against his longtime nemesis, Kevin (Jake Weary).

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Fred's character. Why do you think he's so popular among tweens? Is anything about his lifestyle realistic? Have you seen his previous movies and show? How does Fred 3 compare?

  • Tweens: What role does the Internet play in guiding our likes and dislikes? Would Fred have been such a hit if he had first shown up on TV rather than on YouTube? What are some disadvantages to our media-saturated culture?

  • Do you ever feel like a misfit? What makes you different from your friends? Do these qualities feel like a good thing or a disadvantage? When is it good to stand out from the crowd?

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