Network: Disney Channel
Starring: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas
Premiere Date: FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008 (8:00 P.M., ET/PT) on Disney Channel
Camp Rock - Summary
Mitchie Torres is even more excited about summer when she finds out that, thanks to her mom landing a catering job there, she will be going to the prestigious Camp Rock, where she hopes to lose herself in the music and work on her talent for singing. All she has to do is agree to help out in the kitchen a little. No problem! - except that upon arriving at the camp, Mitchie quickly figures out that being the daughter of the camp cook will not make her any friends.
In an effort to fit in, Mitchie tells a tiny little lie about her mother's occupation. Being the daughter of an executive at Hot Tunes China sounds a lot better. Unbelievably, the lie works, and Mitchie finds herself in with the in-crowd led by Tess, the popular and rich daughter of a famous singer. Mitchie even becomes friends with Shane Gray. A rebel singer in a hot new group, Shane reluctantly agreed to be a Camp Rock instructor in an effort to make up for his mistakes and garner some good PR for the band.
Shane is searching for a girl he overheard singing when he first arrived at the camp, but he and Mitchie develop a strong friendship as the summer goes on. So, Shane is devasted when Mitchie's lies blow up in her face. Mitchie finds herself excluded from the in-crowd, and even worse, excluded from the camp activities. Can she show everyone the truth about who she really is in time to win back her friends and save her summer?
Camp Rock - Guide Review for Parents
Camp Rock is targeted mainly at kids around the ages of 6-14, and was a hit with kids before it ever premiered due to the star power of the Jonas Brothers and the fact that the soundtrack was successfully introduced before the movie came out. The movie lives up to expectations with a solid story filled with music and teen romance. The story contains the same ingredients as other highly successful Disney Channel Original Movies - a great love story, lots of music, and a solid moral pertinent to the target age group.
Camp Rock is rated TV-G, meaning that the content is generally appropriate for kids of all ages. Even very young kids seem to enjoy the show and the upbeat music; however, the content includes themes that are geared toward kids of the tween age (9-14). Central to the movie is a summer romance and a lot of teen drama. (Although the topic of boys and girls liking each other is central to the show, there is no kissing or anything, and Shane and Mitchie's friendship is the main expression of their romantic feelings.)
Also, the movie contains some scenes wherein characters display bad attitudes or examples. Tess is a jealous girl who belittles and manipulates others in order to make herself look good. Also, Mitchie does lie about who she is, but she eventually learns the importance of being true to herself. The characters and conflicts work together to express a positive lesson - that it is important to be yourself and be true to who you are.
Camp Rock - Discuss the Movie
- Why did Mitchie lie about her mother's career? Did this really work in her favor, even if the other kids had not found out?
- What was the main reason behind Shane's rebellious behavior? How could he have handled his feelings in a more productive way?
- What could be some of the real reasons behind Tess' mean behavior? What caused her sudden turn around at the end of the movie?