Summer camp movies should be about loads of kids having great fun in the sunshine – or should they? Summer camps are a great vehicle for so many themes – healthy competition, rights of passage, kids finding a voice, companionship, finding beauty in unexpected places and so on… I’ve picked out some summer camp movies that run the gamut of all possibilities.
1. Moonrise Kingdom
If you have not seen this, please do watch it. It is the quirkiest, kookiest and downright weirdest of summer camp movies out there. A stellar cast (which includes Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray) is genuinely underplayed and Wes Anderson lets the young stars carry the craziness with great aplomb. I’m not going to spoil the plot for you. Suffice it to say that parents of male children may never look at the Boy Scouts movement in the same light ever again.