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(June 28, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Flipping channels, I couldn’t help but notice that the Disney Channel was gearing up for something big. The next big thing in Disney movies appears to be Camp Rock, which just might be as big as High School Musical. I was intrigued enough by the concept and the characters (the Jonas Brothers are involved) to record it and play it back when I got a chance. I must say, I was rather impressed by the music – one song even gave me goose bumps. Overall, it was worth a weekday evening.

*Warning! This review contains spoilers!

Mitchie Torres has always wanted to be a musician, and she can’t wait to spend a summer at Camp Rock – the It Place to be for aspiring musicians. Unfortunately, her family can’t afford the camp, until her mother takes a gig as the camp cook. Mitchie gets to go to camp, but she has to help in the kitchen. Mitchie doesn’t care a bit, however, as she is getting her dream summer.

Once she arrives, Mitchie learns there is more to camp than just music. There is a definite hierarchy of who’s-who at camp, and the cook’s daughter isn’t going to get top billing. So Mitchie invents a new parentage for herself, one that gets her in the good graces of Miss Popular, Tess Tyler. Mitchie groups up with Tess and her friends and has to work hard to keep her real mom a secret.

In the meantime, Mitchie takes classes in music, voice and hip-hop dance taught by none other than Joe Jonas who plays Shane Gray. Despite Shane/Joe’s rock star jerkiness, the two become friends and discuss music together – although Mitchie doesn’t realize Shane’s heard her sing. And Shane doesn’t realize it was Mitchie he heard singing.

Shane starts to get interested in his own style of music again and starts looking for the girl he heard singing, but Mitchie is rolled up in controversy of her own. Tess has discovered her secret and tells the entire camp about Mitchie’s mother being the cook of the camp. Shunned by her popular friends, Mitchie starts hanging out with real friends again.?

Tess isn’t done with her tricks and get Mitchie banned from Final Jam, the big concert at the end of the summer. Tess gets a bit of her own medicine, however when her two friends and back-up singers walk out and wind up doing their own things at Final Jam. Despite being banned, Mitchie makes it to Final Jam anyway where she wows the audience and Shane – who discovers she was who he was looking for all along. You even wind up liking Tess who is also shunned by her own famous mother throughout the movie and winds up learning an important life lesson in the end.

My Thoughts

I’ll admit that there are parts where I struggle with the acting. This is probably not going to win anyone an Academy Award, but certain actors really shine in parts of this – including Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato, the main characters. The plot was interesting enough if slightly predictable. But I always like a bit of predictable in my Disney movies, so that wasn’t a turn off.

What I really liked was the music. There was a wide variety of music in this movie and almost all of it was really well done. At the Final Jam, I actually got goose bumps when Peggy, played by Jasmine Richards sings “Here I Am.” I want every girl in the world to stand up and sing that particular song. I also really liked the duet between Shane and Mitchie – every time I heard it. There are pieces of it throughout the movie as they get closer to finding each other.

All in all, I enjoyed it. I even watched it again just to hear the songs one more time.


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greencrystal92

22/Female
United Arab Emirates
Posted On: September 10, 2008




luv it
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EvieB

20/Female
Hayfield, MN
Posted On: July 29, 2008
Well I thought that Camp Rock was an awsome movie!!!

My most fave character was Mitchie !!!! I hope some people change their comments on this very brilliant paper. And I am going to give a double thumbs up!!! :icon14
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padawancub

24/Female
Hopkinsville, KY
Posted On: July 6, 2008
I must admit, though I haven't seen it yet, I really don't have much desire to do so. Camp Rock does seem to be another slightly different version of High School Musical. *sigh*

Not to mention that I'm not a fan of Jonas Brothers--no offense to any fans--but I'm not really a fan of the new rock bands that have been coming out these past few years. The most recent I get in rock bands would have to be No Doubt, before Gwen Stefani went out on her own.

Anyway, good topic. Very informative. It is a pity that Disney Channel is unable to come out with good movies. I gues the Disney company has already come out with all the good stuff before the channel could think of them for originals.
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ilovezelda

24/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: July 2, 2008
Reality TV shows, nevermore, reality TV shows. One day some crazy person thought it up and the world said 'hey it's new! Let's watch it even though everything else ios ten times better!' And then the TV stations thought 'hey it's popular! Let's help them take over the world!'

Same with most other things.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: July 2, 2008
not again.

It's the same story in everything these days.

Poor pathetic new girl and some popular, show-offy boy.

girl gets enemies, boy ends up liking girl.

everything revolves around girl character.

Hannah Montana, Zoey 101, This, HSM, that mermaid show on nick...

what happened to the good old days, where everyone watched things like Rugrats and Hey Arnold and Doug and PowerPuff Girls (the last cartoon show with heroines that weren't obsessed with boys and saved everyone, not to mention a single dad instead of mom)?
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Keanelover1289

21/Female
Posted On: July 1, 2008
Just another High School Musical. I don't care for any of them.

Don't like Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, don't like Jonas Brothers, don't like HSM or Camp Rock.

I appreciate them as musicians, and I'm sure they're all nice people, but I'm just not a Disney girl.
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Cosmetic_Girl

20/Female
Hewitt, TX
Posted On: June 30, 2008
your story was great
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 30, 2008
never saw it dont harcly watch tv always outside almost maybe after dark or when it is storming heard of it though dont think id like it
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: June 30, 2008
I'm not a fan of most Disney movies, or the Jonas brothers but my friend and I ended up watching it to make fun of it and I was impressed.

It was kind of entertaining. Though I'm not saying it's worth all the craze.

Just mindless entertainment. =]
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juice1313

106/Female
De Funiak Spring, FL
Posted On: June 30, 2008
CAMP RIC MOVIE IS THE MOST IDIOTIC MOVIE EVR! THEY ARE JUST REMAKING GREASE!!!
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ilovezelda

24/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: June 30, 2008
I haven't seen it, unfortunately I am not allowed to record things without asking and plus it was on when my other shows were on. My brother thinks it's just another HSM thingy-ma-doodle but I'm not sure, I support the Jonas brothers (not really a fan persay) and am quite interested. My friend did see it though, and I'm gonna get her opinion before I figure out how to watch it.
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CinnamonDragon

20/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: June 30, 2008
Shoot. I mean

***Rocketship.

Sorry Cricket...
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CinnamonDragon

20/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: June 30, 2008
Like Cricket (roctship) said, that movie seems like another disney thing. Disney has disappointed me here lately. I haven't watched the movie, because I thought it looked cheesy.

Sorry.
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hubba_bubba123

22/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: June 29, 2008
as a jonas addict i thought that joe, nick, and kevin looked gorgeous as usual [is it possible not to?] and demi is a very good singer but the story was so predictable. you could guess every next movie, although i thought that it would have been more interesting if Tess Tyler had stollen Mitchie's song and sang it to Shane.

Overall, it was very good and the Jonas brothers were amazing i just wish nick and kevin were in it more
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Virgogirl11

36/Female
Asheville, NC
Posted On: June 29, 2008
I actually liked Camp Rock,but it wasn't as good as HSM1!Joe Jonas didn't pull off Shane Gray very well though and I thought Demi Lovato pulled off Mitchie very well.
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