Review: Theater Camp

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Title: Theater Camp
MPA Rating: PG-13
Director: Molly Gordon, Nick Lierberman
Starring: Ben Platt, Molly Gordon, Noah Galvin
Runtime: 1 hr 32 mins

What It Is: Every year at Camp AdirondACTS kids who love musical theater get the chance to hone their craft. This year is going to be a little bit different though because the camps owner Joan Rubinsky (Amy Sedaris) has suffered a seizure of some sort and she’s in a coma. Now her hype beast son Troy (Jimmy Tatro) is in charge of a camp he doesn’t know how to run. His two main counselors Amos (Platt) and Rebecca-Diane (Gordon) are going through quite a few things themselves. At the center of all of this are the kids who are there because this place is an escape for them from their normal lives.

What We Think: This is a charming and endearing little film. Gordon (who always seems to bring it), Lieberman and Galvin bring a script that is equal parts funny and heartfelt. What you’ll walk away with this with is most assuredly a smile on your face. The arc that these characters are on is one that’s well put together. It’s such a fun film with it’s heart in the right place.

Our Grade: B+, The fun sort of surprise that you always like to sit through. This one is easily accessible right now through Hulu. And it is certainly a film that I recommend highly.If you want something that’s actually great for the whole family, who’s vibes seem fantastic then this is it honestly. I wasn’t expecting what I got. I’d love to see Gordon and/or Lieberman write/direct something else. If this is the standard they’re going to keep. It’s always harder to do it again. Making Ben Platt likable after the fiasco that was Dear Evan Hansen is honestly some sort of miracle, but they did it.

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