Synopsis: Misfits in their lives back home, a group of young people live it up at musical-theater camp. While the sports counselor is completely ignored, the kids' spend all their time in rehearsal for a grueling schedule that involves a new show every two weeks. Several personal stories come to the fore. Is talented golden-boy Vlad honest in his feelings about Ellen? Can cross-dressing Michael have a relationship with his parents? Will one-hit-wonder musical playwrite and now camp counselor Bert Hanley remain mired in drink and cynicism? Fireworks are in store when Fritzi, who slavishly serves glamour girl Jill, is finally told to get a life, and the parents of Jenna, whose jaw has been wired shut in a compromise to avoid being sent to "fat camp", learn a valuable lesson at the summer's big end-of-season benefit.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Todd Graff
Production: IFC Films
  6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

to burst in and arrest us!

I don't understand

what I'm saying.

Of course you don't,

you middle-class piece of shit!

Of course you don't,

you middle-class piece of shit!

I'm doing the best I can.

That's what's so tragic.

Leave her alone.

How about you, then?

Have you had even

one painful moment in your life

since the doctor slapped you

on your ass when you were born?


Tell me, then.

Tell me

your most painful moment,

the one that makes you convulse

with sobs when you think of it.

Why would I do that

in front of three strangers?

Why would I do that

in front of three strangers?

To be able to do it

in front of 3,000.

Back to the top,

and try not to screw up

the blocking this time.

Eyes, eyes, nostrils,

silent scream.

I have to

go to the bathroom.

Piss in the dumpster.

Start again!

How was your first day

of rehearsal?

It was okay.

I'm a little

out of my element.

We really do a new show

every two weeks?

And a benefit

at the end of the summer.


Ellen said

you were her hero today

with that crazy director.

Can I ask you

something personal?

What made you come here?

I want to act. Why?

I want to act. Why?

We just don't

get many like you.

Can I ask you

something personal?


You're gay, right?

How do you know?

Have you ever experimented

with heterosexuality?

You mean sleep

with a straight guy? What for?

A girl.

A girl.

I can't even

straighten my hair.

That's too bad.

You'd be a total playa.

Got that whole

Latin thing going.

Get a girl alone,

throw on some salsa,

whisper a little Spanish

in her ear.

You'd make out like a bandit.

I'll keep that in mind.

Is that your father?

That's Stephen Sondheim.

The greatest songwriter

in musical theater.

I don't talk to my parents.

- Why not?

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Todd Graff

Todd Graff (born October 22, 1959) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his 2003 independent film Camp and his role as Alan "Hippy" Carnes in the 1989 science fiction film The Abyss. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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