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Camp Nowhere (1994)




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This light-hearted comedy depicts a typical summer camp, but with a special twist: this camp was designed by the campers themselves! "Mud" Himmel is a nerd. Once again he is faced with attending computer camp. His buddy Zack will be marching into go to military camp while Trish is acting happy about theater camp. That Gaby is going again to fat camp weighs heavily upon her mind. None of them are thrilled with their camp prospects and it is rebellious Mud who suggest that they create their own, secret camp. Enter Dennis Van Welker, their crazy high school drama instructor. He offers to join the conspiracy and act as their camp counselor. Just as it looks as if the four misfits are going to have a really great summer together, two dozen of their peers find out about the camp and decide to come along. For a time it's one big chaotic party. But as the kids act out their camp fantasies, they are gaining valuable insight into their lives.

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Jonathan Jackson
as 'Mud' Himmel
Christopher Lloyd
as Dennis Van Welker
Andrew Keegan
as Zack Dell
Marnette Patterson
as Trish Prescott
Melody Kay
as Gaby Nowicki
Ray Baker
as Norris Prescott
Kate Mulgrew
as Rachel Prescott
Wendy Makkena
as Dr. Celeste Dunbar
Peter Scolari
as Donald Himmel
Romy Walthall
as Nancy Himmel
Peter Onorati
as Karl Dell
T.R. Polk
as M.Emmett Walsh
M. Emmet Walsh
as T.R. Polk
John Putch
as Neil Garbus
Thomas F. Wilson
as Lt. Eliot Hendricks
Romy Windsor
as Nancy Himmel
Joshua G. Mayweather
as Walter Welton
Maryedith Burrell
as Gwen Nowicki
Hillary Tuck
as Betty Stoller
Allison Mack
as Heather
Joe Scott
as Delivery Guy
Patrick LaBrecque
as Grocery Checker
Kevin Scannell
as Country Store Manager
Michael Zorek
as Chez Cheez Guy
Kyra Stempel
as Chez Cheez Clerk
Jonathan Prince
as Mr. Burkey
Ron Fassler
as Drama Dad
Bobette Buster
as Drama Mom
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Critic Reviews for Camp Nowhere

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

A truly interesting situation which the filmmakers generally leave wilting in the sun.

April 21, 2008 | Full Review…

No kid is going to buy into a movie that revolves around a geek who isn't a geek and a fat girl who isn't fat.

March 11, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's sweet, likable and even vaguely hip.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Mamette Patterson's hotness transcends any decade.

March 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Elements were in place for a fun time here, but it just didn't happen...

April 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A silly kids movie that should have gone straight to video.

August 20, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Camp Nowhere

Mediocre Comedy that relies on a predictable, over done formula and boasts a lame cast, a poorly written script, and offers no effective comedy. The film is a poor attempt at making an entertaining feature, and there is no redeeming factor in the story. I found Camp Nowhere to be tiresome and a waste of time. This is a bland affair that doesn't offer anything of note. Christopher Lloyd has made far better films. Camp Nowhere might have worked with a better script, but it just fails. Camp Nowhere is mediocre, and the film started off quite amusing, but it just ended flat. By the time the credits roll, you feel like you wanted more out of the film, and it's a movie that could have been done much better. The comedic material is just stale, and overall it's a flawed comedy that doesn't deliver any laughs. If you're going into this film expecting something good, you'll sadly be disappointed. This film offers nothing of note. Camp Nowhere is just a collection of dull ideas, poor performances, and poor direction. The material is mediocre, but the execution feels rushed and poor. There seems not to have been any effort in making a coherent, funny and entertaining comedy. Camp Nowhere feels rushed, and it is a clichéd film that just leaves you wanting more out of the film. Like I said, Christopher Lloyd has made better films, and here he's just wasted on an underdeveloped film that is laugh free and has a boring cast of actors. Don't watch this film if you want an entertaining and funny comedy; Camp Nowhere is a mediocre outing that leaves a lot to be desired.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

For anyone who ever had to attend some sort of summer camp as a youth, you might find something to enjoy with this light heart comedic fantasy. Nerdy Morris "Mud" Himmel is not enthused about the prospect of having to spend the summer at a boring, generic computer camp. His friends are equally as unenthusiastic about being sent to their special summer camps as well, which include a theater camp, military camp, and fat camp. Things take a turn for the awesome though when Mud gets the idea to create their own, secret camp. To pull this off, they enlist the help of crazy high school drama teacher Dennis Van Welker who acts as mentor and camp counselor when they create the camp of their dreams at a former hippie commune. It's the ultimate summer fantasy come to life. There are basically no rules (save for not getting caught), and, best of all, no adults are in charge, save for maybe Dennis, but even he only marginally counts as an adult authority figure type. Things start off great like you might expect, with the kids going totally wild. Of course, reality does set in, and the kids must come to terms with life, and, whether they like it or not, their coming of age might be fun, but it won't be without tough times and valuable life lessons. This is a fun movie, and I really loved it as a kid. Back then though, I wasn't viewing movies through the lens of both enjoyment and artistic merit. As such, this movie isn't as great as I remember, and is indeed, really formulaic and predictable. But it's still a lot of fun though, and can be enjoyed even more when looked at through the lens of 90s kitsch, of which this film is overflowing. The acting is pretty typical of kid's movie (by and large), but it's not the worst thing in the world either. Plus, they managed to get a really notable cast of adult actors, including Christopher Lloyd as Van Welker, Thomas F. Wilson as a lawman, M. Emmett Walsh as a different lawman, Wendy Makkena (the shy nun from the Sister Act movies), Star Trek alums Kate Mulgrew and Jonathan Frakes as parents of some of the kids, and, in a brief cameo, Burgess Meredith as an old hippie who instills his ideas of freedom into Mud. The cast is there, the concept is there, so had the script and the acting also been a little better, then yeah, this could conceivably been a fondly remembered cult classic instead of a slightly above average youth romp. Look, I like this movie, but will admit that it's really not all that special. It's a lot of fun, and certainly not boring, but there are far better kid oriented films of the 90s that stick to the ribs better than this one. It's still a noble effort, though.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

This is what youth is all about, some people like Goonies but I like this one better. Its just very cool and clean

Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer

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