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Edify Media: Camp (review) #grow4christ

on September 2, 2013

About the movie: “CAMP” is the story of a deeply troubled boy, Eli (Miles Elliot, “The Mentalist”), and an apathetic investment advisor, Ken (Michael Mattera), who get paired together at a summer camp for foster kids and discover the meaning of unconditional love. “We are excited for the opportunity to share the story of CAMP,” said Roebuck. “We want to entertain audiences, but we also hope they are inspired to get involved in the lives of abused and neglected kids in their communities. We are thrilled to work with Word on the video distribution of the picture. Not only do they bring a first-class distribution team for mainstream and Christian markets, they also understand the heart behind the film.”


What others are saying about this movie:


This is a wonderful film about healing the wounds of your past… We are pleased to award this movie our Dove ‘Family-Approved’ Seal for ages 12 and over.”  – The Dove Foundation  


Most of the time, movies and television shows spotlight the lighter side of youth camps, but CAMP goes deeper to bring viewers face-to-face with the transformation that happens in the lives of children and even the adults that volunteer. It is incredibly heart affecting, even through the real-life interviews that play during the credits.”  – DeWayne Hamby (Christian Retailing, White Wing Messenger)  


“Hollywood loves to entertain us. But CAMP does more than entertain – it inspires. It beautifully illustrates the huge impact the small sacrifice of a week’s time can make in the life of a child in foster care.” – Julie Gumm, best-selling author of “Adopt without Debt”

You can view the trailer at Camp The Movie.

My Opinion:

Wow!  This was a great movie – I watched it with my three children but only the 11 1/2 year old really watched it all from beginning to end, while the other two watched bits and pieces.  It is impossible to watch this movie while keeping your eyes dry, it’s a definite assumption that you’ll need some tissues while watching this move (unless of course, you have a very hard heart).  One really doesn’t want to like Ken, who is only a counselor to impress a rich woman who supports the camp and Ken wants her business especially when he isn’t a good counselor at the beginning to any of the children especially to Eli – his assigned child for the week.

That being said, the movie is rated PG-13 but because it came from Word Films and had the Dove Family Approved rating I thought that cussing would not be used in this film – I was surprised, of course the use of h*** and even d*** is not looked by some, even Christians, as bad cuss words and the word sucks is used often.  Now, while I didn’t like or enjoy hearing these words, knowing that the film is based off of true stories and a real camp for foster children made it a little easier to explain.  The children come from horrible situations (a boy whose never had a birthday party, ends up fighting for his life after receiving a beating from his father, his mom dies from an overdose – see where I’m going with this?) and proper language and manners aren’t something they are concerned with and I’m sure in real life they use even worse language.  The counselor Ken, comes to camp angry at God and his relationship with Him is shaky so his life represents his non relationship status.

I have to say I don’t regret watching this or letting my children watch this movie – mine are all quite sensitive to the suffering of others, especially children, and so they also struggled with what these children were going through.  Also my children have heard worse words spoken from family and in public so I used it as a discussion especially for my one child who has very concrete thinking and was quite hung up on every time there was a cuss word.  A great movie!


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