Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Having seen so many terrible films lately, I was charmed by CAMP.

It's about kids at a US summer camp dedicated to musical theatre, and is a wonderfully acidic alternative comedy. In the twisted world of theatrical kids, straight boy Vlad is seen as a weird, freakish outsider, what with his baseball, his skateboard and his guitar.

The film centers on just how out of place this normal, well-adjusted boy is - and how much more relaxingly outrageous everyone else is. It's full of drag queens, tap dancing, sinister pre-pubescent lesbian stalkers, and long paeans to Stephen Sondheim.

There should be more films mocking well-adjusted straight men.

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