The film's best bits are the cast's enthusiastic performances of such Broadway staples as "Follies" and "Dreamgirls," and there are clever winks at the genre, such as the mood-boosting soundtrack turning out instead to be diegetic sound emanating from a boom box nearby. The cast is game to a name, diving headfirst into a plot replete with fast friendships, adolescent romance, backstabbing and jealousy. However, although writer/director Todd Graff, who based the film on his own Camp Ovation-esque experiences, knows better than to tie everything up neatly with a bow in the end, ultimately these stock characters remain underdeveloped.
With one notable exception: Tiffany Taylor as a camper who has her jaw wired shut by her parents in lieu of going to Weight Watchers camp gives the most moving performance of the fest (once the wires are removed) with her rousing rendition of "Here's Where I Stand," a heartfelt plea for understanding both on a personal and collective level. Starring Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Sasha Allen, Tiffany Taylor and Don Dixon. Directed and written by Todd Graff. Produced by Katie Roumel, Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler and Todd Graff. An IFC release. Musical comedy. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements regarding teen sexual issues, and for some language. Running time: 115 min.