Today I am going to take just a little bit of your time to extol the virtues of a little indie flick from 2003 called Camp. I do not remember who first introduced this movie to me, but I loved it. I love going to the theatre and seeing musicals. Now I am not someone who follows theatre where I know certain actors, but whenever I get the opportunity I love seeing shows performed. This movie is all about a bunch of teenagers going to theatre camp. Anyone who has done theatre or grown up with theatre will enjoy the nostalgia of this movie. It is not the greatest movie ever, but it holds a special place in my heart. Part of what is great is that it definitely deals with people who are normally outsiders finding hope in each other. Here are some of the best parts of the movie.
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Various Theatre Shows
Part of the fun part of the whole movie is watching these kids put on some pretty grown up theatre shows. They go through a variety of different theatre acts and musical numbers, which is just so much fun to watch. It is also great to see some of the rivalry between the students. There is the star who stands alone and is followed around by Fritzie. The diva girl is the one who always gets the best parts. It is so great when we see her get her comeuppance, but that is a littler later down.
Summer Camp of Misfits
I mean who doesn’t love a good summer camp story especially with a bunch of misfits? I mean you have the guy who wore a dress to his prom and then was not allowed in and subsequently beat up. The girl who doesn’t have anyone to go with her to prom. A girl who so badly wanted to go to theatre camp that her compromise with her parents was to get her jaw wired shut when they wanted her to go to fat camp. The biggest misfit of them all is actually a former theatre director who has fallen on hard times. Together they put on a great final show that brings everyone together.
Anna Kendrick as Fritzi
So something I learned recently is that Camp is actually Anna Kendrick’s first experience on a movie. She plays the formidable Fritzi and she is a force. In the beginning Fritzi is a bit of an outsider among outsiders. She follows around the diva of the camp and does everything that she asks. Fritzi finally gets pushed too far and ends up poisoning the lead during a performance. She just happens to show up when the big number is happening as the lead gets sick and is ready to go on stage.
Director: What in the hell are you doing here?
Fritzi: I knew you’d be discussing stopping the show, and I just thought how disappointed all the kids would be.
Director: You scheming little bitch!
Fritzi: Please! I’m a child.
Director: If you think for one….
Fritzi: Save it rummy, she’s fucked, I’m ready, and the goddamn show must go on. So let’s get cracking, shall we?
Anna Kendrick then proceeds to kill it as Fritzi and belt out a song like she belongs on stage. It is my favorite part of the whole movie. It really is a moment where you can see how Anna Kendrick has gone on to become the star she is.