Parents' Guide to

Magic Camp

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tween-friendly camp-set comedy has positive messages.

Movie PG 2020 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Super cute

Honestly, it was the best family movie night we have watched in a while. It’s funny, and it’s entertaining. The magic tricks are awesome. Even after a couple of emotional moments, my seven-year-old son had a little tear at one moment so sweet.
age 8+

Fun, Low Stress Family Fun

Magic Camp is a fun film for families with kids of just about any age. A typical "camp" movie about kids from different backgrounds coming together to compete in a magic show competition, the film threads several heart warming, if slightly predictable, story lines. Our family (kids 11 and 14) were engaged throughout and found many of the characters relatable and engaging. Highly recommended.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

If you like actor Adam Devine, you'll like this movie. Magic Camp feels built around him: he's present in just about every scene and playing to type as the sweet and funny underdog (see his previous roles in Modern Family, Pitch Perfect, and Isn't It Romantic, for example). Devine's unthreatening style of self effacing humor is well-matched for a tween movie. Despite being down on his luck and resentful, his character is ultimately generous and optimistic, and Devine does a good job embodying those contradicting traits.

Magic Camp's storyline is predictable and some of its jokes fall a little flat, so it really is up to the actors to make the journey worthwhile. Jeffrey Tambor is entertaining if a bit subdued as the camp founder and magician-in-chief. The filmmakers did a solid job casting the diverse group of kids, whose stories are used to offer a range of valuable life lessons for younger viewers. Worth highlighting especially are Cole Sand as "mathemagician" Nathan and J.J. (Josie) Totah as Judd, the son of a famous magician whose real passion turns out to be costume design.

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