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 all the critics

out there,

I know they're going

to review this,

and I know they're

gonna try to knock me...

is it okay if I say this

to camera, Amber? Okay.

I only am who I am

'cause I was born that way.

I have a gift,

and I'm trying not to be

selfish about it, but to use it.

If you're gonna knock me for

that, that's your problem.


will get you nowhere.

And I'm gonna

keep rockin' on.

Ellen, what's

the matter with you?

Don't tell mom I'm taking you

to your stupid junior prom.

Get out of here!

Your brother!

How gross is that?

They don't know

you're my brother.

They don't know

you're my brother.

Please, Ben.

You have to. I'll pay you.

Find someone

who's not related to you.


What are you doing here?

Aren't you, like, 30?

Come on!

Excuse me,

is there someplace

we're supposed to check in?

Over there.

Is this your first summer?

I was here last year.

Remember? We were in

'night, mother together.

Remember? We were in

'night, mother together.


You're Jill Simmons.

My name's Fritzi.

Fritzi. Of course.

Let me.

You have the number

at the ship.

Call me

whenever you need me.

This is Glen,

the camp director.

Go to him

if you have a problem.

Go to him

if you have a problem.

That's enough, mom.

You're embarrassing me.

We'll take

very good care of him.

Give me a hug.

I can't breathe!


My role model

in everything nubian.

What are you doing here?

I thought you had to go to weight

watchers camp this summer.

We wanted her to,

but she insisted on

going back to camp ovation.

So we compromised

and had her jaw wired shut.


You can hardly tell.

Buddy Miller,

sports counselor.

We have a sports counselor?

Of course we do.

You gonna play

some softball this summer?


Aah! Michael!

How you doin', babe?

Why weren't you on the bus?

My sister drove me here.

I'm staying with her.

My god, your face.

He tried to go to his junior

prom in fishnets and heels.

My junior prom,

I stayed home with a roll of

cookie dough and TV land.

I stayed home with a roll of

cookie dough and TV land.

I watched my junior prom

from outside in the bushes

for three hours.

That's so Stella Dallas.

Is Bert Hanley really

directing here this summer?

Bert Hanley?

I thought he retired.

- I thought he died.

- He might have.

He was supposed to

be here two days ago.

How does that happen?

He used to be huge.

He hasn't had a hit

since children's crusade.

He never

wrote another show.

I hope he directs

the benefit this summer.

What are you singing for

auditions for the first show?

- Don't rain on my parade.

- That's original.

With the tugboat.

What is that

supposed to be?

How you doing?

My name's Vlad.


Okay if I

use those drawers?

You can go into

anybody's drawers you like.

I don't think

you'll get an argument.


Just ignore him.

That's what he's used to.

I'm Ellen, this is Shaun

and Spitzer and Michael.


Thirty-foot rule.

- No way!

- What's that?

Michael has to stay

30 feet away

until we know

if he's straight or gay.

If he's gay,

I'm Tyne Daly.

Honey, it's just...

Could someone

please shut her up?


A boy.

An honest-to-god

straight boy.

Cast lists are up.

I will go insane if I don't

get into promises, promises.

I'm in it!

Midnight sun?






Two thousand sunsets,

yet not one sunrise.

No, no, no, no!

God damn you all!

You piss on the memory

of the greatest playwright

of the 20th century!

In Cuba, we took our lives in

our hands performing her work,

waiting for Castro's thugs

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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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