Parents' Guide to

Reboot Camp

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mockumentary satirizes self-help cults; sex, language.

Movie NR 2020 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

a cautionary tale

I think the CS reviewer completely missed the point of this film. It's a cautionary tale about con artists and the manipulation tactics they use disguised as a comedy. And yes there is a lot of swearing but it's part of the ridiculous therapy called "angry yoga", so it serves a purpose. showed it to my teens and they "got" it...
age 14+

stand on a sofa!

Reboot Camp is a cautionary tale about what happens when you mess with people and try to fool bites you in the butt. the cast is great and the story is plausible....many gurus out there. It's a spoof/satire and a lot of the humor is tongue-in-cheek, which might be lost on some viewers. there's plenty of physical comedy too, like animal yoga and standing on sofa and angry polaroids that make Ja Rule and David Koechner break into song.... tons of known faces from reality TV too as self absorbed visitors dealing with issues of fame and other stuff. My favorite was Ed Begley though, total dead pan and a hysterical spat with his wife.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Considering the cast and the premise, there's a lingering feeling throughout that this comedy should be funnier than it actually is. Reboot Camp is a "mockumentary" with an ensemble cast in the tradition of, among others, Best In Show and A Mighty Wind, that takes a look at cults, particularly those centered around self help gurus who make millions off of their followers. The cast is a veritable potpourri of A, B, and Z-list celebrities from movies, music, and reality television, and we see them as they take in (or are skeptical of) the quasi-mystical platitudes of "Gordon St. Pierre," or scream a steady torrent of profanities during "anger therapy," or become "reborn" by going down a pool slide decorated to look like a vagina. While timely and relevant (if cynical), none of the jokes ever seem to land, so watching this is the experience of waiting to and wanting to laugh, but not getting that satisfaction.

The story itself is solid, the message behind the satire is worthy, and there's enough talent (if inconsistent) in the ensemble cast to be something great. So why isn't it? The scenes themselves gravitate to a lazy humor revolving around obvious jokes and profanity. Perhaps some of the performers were given too much room to improvise when they don't have the improv chops of, say, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean. Some of the broader points about cults and the lengths people will go to believe in them get beaten into the ground. It simply doesn't work, as much as you want it to. The result is a disappointing comedy that doesn't do nearly enough on the subjects it's supposed to be skewering.

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