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Happy Campers
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Directed By
Daniel Waters

Written By:
Daniel Waters

Brad Renfro, Dominique Swain, Keram Malicki-Sánchez, Emily Bergl, Jordan Bridges, Jaime King, Justin Long, Peter Stormare, Amber Wallace

Happy Campers (2001)
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Movie Review by Zara
February 11th, 2010

This is actually a pretty typical camper movie without the satire of some movies making fun of the genre when it started off as being comedy driven and without the severe drama of having people getting killed or kids learning that life sucks and someone commits suicide and everyone learns a lesson.

No, what I liked about this movie is that if I had gone to a summer camp, I could have totally put myself into the situations that were going on. The personalities of the camp directors are varied enough and believable enough for you to like them, even root for them a little but not be too heartbroken when some stuff doesn't work out. The kids in the movie aren't obnoxious or needy either, making that aspect of the movie that much easier to watch.

If you're a fan of Jamie King, you might want to check out this movie because you get to see her boobies. And for once, she's not as annoying as I normally find her, being allowed to play a pixie of a character who prefers the free-love mentality of the generation before her.

Seeing a young Justin Long is fun for fans of him. Hell, even seeing Dominique Swain is great to watch and makes you wonder why the chick doesn't make more movies.

The only part that saddened me is that when I watch one of the leads, the late Brad Renfro, it still makes me sad that he had to succumb to the pitfalls of being a child actor. As he became older, Renfro gained depth in his performances, whether or not they were drug fueled, the best part is that you really can't tell. It's like watching a Robert Downey Jr who didn't make it to his come-back. Not even the first come-back, let alone the major come-back. This kid could have been a fantastic adult matured actor. He was on his way. So that's the only hard part for me to watch. Seeing potential and knowing it's gone forever.

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