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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 Paws

Theater Camp

Searchlight Pictures, Gloria Sanchez Productions, Picturestart and Topic Studios present a PG-13, 92-minute, Comedy, directed by Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman, written by Gordon, Lieberman and Noah Galvin with a theater release date of August 25, 2023.

Theater Camp is where all the aspiring young actors go to learn their craft and to get out of their parent’s hair of course. This time for the veteran return children life will be different since the owner of the camp Joan Rubinsky (Amy Sedaris) has ended up in the hospital in a coma. But the show must go on and her son Troy (Jimmy Tatro) steps up to take over the school. He’s not a theater buff but seems to try his best while working with teachers Amos Klobuchar (Ben Platt), Rebecca-Diane (Molly Gordon), Glen Winthrop (Noah Galvin), Janet Walch (Ayo Edebiri), Rita Cohen (Caroline Aaron), Clive DeWitt (Nathan Lee Graham) and Gigi Charbonier (Owen Thiele). Their play for the end of the summer is based on their fearless and much-loved leader Joan hence the play name ‘Joan Still’. But there is evil lurking in the woods next door, Camp Lakeside financial person, Caroline Krauss (Patti Harrison) knows the other camp is in financial trouble and is going to do what it can to take over the camp and its land expanding their wealthy yet boring Lakeside Camp.

The story is cute and fun with enough entertainment to keep you locked in but the writing is slightly weak. The child actors to name a few, Mackenzie Thomas (Bailee Bonick), Darla Sanchez (Kyndra Sanchez), Devon Miller (Donovan Colan), Lainy Fischer (Vivienne Sachs), Alan Park (Alan Kim), Sebastian Campbell (Alexander Bello) Christopher L (Luke Islam) and Christopher S (Jack Sobolewski) will all just blow your mind. As young as they are they were absolutely remarkable theatrically in so many ways. I think for the small crowd that will probably go out to see this, they may enjoy it. It’s not going to make a lot of money nor win any awards but it is worth watching on stream if not in the theater. I have to give them a gold star for effort. No animals to speak of in this film!

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