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Hell Camp: Teen Nightmare

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gripping docu examines teen wilderness camps; violence.

Movie NR 2023 90 minutes
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This is a gripping but sometimes difficult-to-watch documentary that has a strong, clear point of view, but also asks a lot of good questions for families with teens to think about. Hell Camp: Teen Nightmare doesn't shy away from conveying that these camps have gone too far and are a bad idea to begin with. But they also leave room for discussion about important issues that make it worthwhile viewing, like corporal punishment, industry oversight, the high cost, whether it's a fair approach, and whether teens have any rights in this type of situation.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: December 27, 2023
  • Director: Liza Williams
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Topics: History
  • Character Strengths: Perseverance
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: January 4, 2024

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