1979, Movie, PG, 92 mins


Bill Murray is the only reason to see this film. His high energy and sensitive acting abilities take this cliche film out of the ordinary and give it the style that did not appear in the script or the direction. It's little more than a typical TV movie of the week (with some rough language and a bit of sex tossed in), but it appealed to the kids who had actually been to a summer camp in their lives, and the result was a box-office hit that earned more than $20 million. Other than Murray, you may not recognize many of the actors since this was a Canadian film which utilized actors from north of the border. Murray is the head counselor at Camp North Star, where the management and staff are as inept a group as can be imagined. The campers are comprised of the usual stereotypes: the disturbed kid, the fat nerd, the Romeo, and several nubile young women. There's no real "story" in the film, just a lot of incidents, some of them admittedly funny, but many which fall flat. If you liked camp, you may like this film. If you hated camp, you may also like this film. If you like good comedies, you probably won't like this film. It's really more pre-teen than teenage comedy. Murray's personal appeal and elan push the picture to heights that it doesn't deserve. Murray also demonstrates another side of his talent in the scenes with Makepeace, the young man who doesn't seem to be able to fit in. Bernstein's score is a definite plus to a picture that was mostly minuses. leave a comment

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