camp cool kids movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Kids will definitely appreciate this summer camp tale and its messages, but it seems more dramatic than comedic. Expect some very cringey moments, making it unlikeable for teens, but Camp Cool Kids is bright fun.


Encouraged by his quirky grandfather, a young outcast tries to overcome his fears, make new friends and stand up against bullies at a summer camp.

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Movie details

Director: Lisa Arnold
Cast: Connor Rosen, Logan Shroyer, Michael Gross, Juliocesar Chavez, Sean Ryan Fox, Leigh-Allyn Baker
Writer: David Bush, Lisa Arnold, David Henri Martin, Wendi Coates
Release Date (Australia): 31 December 2017
Runtime: 104 minutes/1h 44m
Genre: Family, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film’s themes include bullying, loss, an asthma attack and instances of very mild crude humour.

Violence (G)

There are infrequent scenes depicting very mild violence.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Camp Cool Kids is another cringeworthy camp tale landing on an extremely typical misfit dealing with overused “face your fears” messages. Families with small children might find a lot of comfort, if they mainly appreciate a bright, fun and charming camp comedy targeted on bullies and buddies. On the other hand, it’s too much of a cringey character-journey for teen viewers.

Although it’s bright and visually fun, there’s a massive overload of three main ideas: overcoming worries, dealing with bullies, and the most boring one, getting the girls. The misfit kid predictably attracts the girls with his personality, whilst being encouraged by his friends to form some sort of romance. Camp Cool Kids is also another average family film that features facing your fears, making friends and dealing with other idiots at camp in a highly unsatisfying context.

But for its leading themes, it surprisingly does pretty well. Again, this is a great movie to choose for a young kids’ family movie night. If anything could’ve been notably changed, some of the acting could’ve been better. The characters are actually quite likeable and touching, but the lead performance needs much improvement. And there’s the satisfactory happy-ending!

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