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Theater Camp   review by Bobby Blakey

Typically movies focusing on camps lean into the horror genre, but there is also a heavy comedy influence with classics like Meatballs and Wet Hot American Summer. The latest taking us back to camp is Theater Camp starring Ben Platt, Jimmy Tatro, Amy Sedaris, Noah Galvin, Nathan Lee Graham, Ayo Edebiri, Caroline Aaron, Owen Thiele and Molly Gordon who also co-directs with Nick Lieberman. Could this camp be one worth spending your summer at or will it miss its que?


Theater Camp follows kids gathering from all over to attend AdirondACTS, a scrappy theater camp in upstate New York that's a haven for budding performers during the summer. After its indomitable founder Joan falls into a coma, her clueless "crypto-bro" son Troy is tasked with keeping the thespian paradise running. With financial ruin looming, Troy must join forces with Amos, Rebecca-Diane, and their band of eccentric teachers to come up with a solution before the curtain rises on opening night.


I knew nothing of this film going in and with some other not so great camp themed comedies out there I was keeping my expectations low. To my surprise this film is not only good it is pretty dang funny in its own quirky and sometimes weird way. I really had a great time with this film and loved that it is not only showing love to the world of theaters, but also poking fun at itself and the stereotypes in a fun way.


I am not typically a big fan of anything musical and while this film is not a musical at all it offers up some fun catchy performances that add further to the fun of it all. The often over the top nature of the performances and sometimes the performers themselves is on full display with each of them bringing their own personalities to shine front and center.


While the film isn’t breaking any walls down in comedy it manages to take a

simple premise and bring laughs, heart and fun to the story without it getting overly bogged down with extra nonsense. It knows what it is and firmly grabs ahold and hits the stage. I hope it finds the audience it deserves because whether you love the theater or not it is a fun flick all on its own.


Check out Theater Camp streaming now on Hulu.

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