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Todd Graff's crowd-pleasing directorial debut pays tribute to summer camps, musical theatre, and Stephen Sondheim. The heartwarming comedy follows a group of youngsters who gather together for another summer at Camp Ovation, a refuge in upstate New York that nurtures aspiring performers. This year, the arrival of Vlad (Daniel Letterle) gets everyone's juices flowing. There's the pretty, but shy, Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat); the oversensitive Michael (Robin De Jesus); the stuck up Jill (Alana Allen); the tormented, overweight Jenna (Tiffany Taylor); the scheming Fritzi (Anna Kendrick); and the beautiful Dee (Sasha Allen). In awe of the camp's guest instructor, Bert Hanley (Don Dixon), Vlad is crushed to discover that he has become a bitter, cynical alcoholic. Amidst the raging hormones and daily melodramas, the kids must nonetheless concentrate on the task at hand, which includes staging the summer's final production. Determined not to succumb to Bert's negative influence, Vlad convinces everyone to stage a p...
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CastSteven Cutts
DirectorTodd Graff
Release Date:  2003
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
DVD Release Date:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (July 14, 2009)
Runtime:  1hr 55min
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review by . August 30, 2003
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Pros: music, characters, funny     Cons: lame plot, a bit cheesy, Vlad is dodgy     The Bottom Line: The bottom line went to its senior prom in drag and got beaten to a pulp.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Camp is so aware that it will be referred to as "this year's Fame" that one of the characters, protesting that the steps are too boring, tells his dance instructor, "We've all seen the beginning …
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