Camp Movies

I finally watched Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix. I'm not sure why it took me so long, but I've been catching up on so many dramas lately, I was excited for some laughs. I'm definitely a fan of the movie even though it's really weird and pretty stupid. I think the series is even more absurd, but it worked for me. In this prequel there are some fun inside jokes and storylines that you'll only understand if you know the movie, which is always fun, and I thought the new cast members fit in seamlessly. The best part for me is all these amazing actors in their 40s are still playing 16-year-olds.

Watching it got me thinking about other summer camp movies. I've always been so interested in camp because it isn't really a thing where I'm from. I didn't have one friend growing up who went away for the summer. Some went to a week-long church or sports camp, but that's not the same thing. Besides hating the outdoors, I always wanted to go. I dreamed of unique bonds with bunkmates that my regular friends just wouldn't understand. And isn't camp where preteens had their sexual awakening? All I got was the stupid boy down the street from my stepsisters' house. I've always been envious of the characters in movies who made lifelong memories. These are my favorites: 

Ok, so Space Camp isn't about summer camp at all and only the beginning of The Parent Trap takes place at camp, but they are some of my favorite movies ever. I also really love Happy Campers and the most recent movie about summer camp is Moonrise Kingdom, which is one of the best Wes Anderson movies of them all. 

Here are more camp movies I've enjoyed.

There are plenty of camps I didn't want to go to, but they made for good movies!

And here are some I haven't seen, but need to!

Have you seen any of these? What is your favorite camp movie?
Did you go to summer camp?! Tell me all about it!


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I freaking love Meatballs.

Marie said...

I LOVE the parent trap with Hallie Mills.
I totally forgot about Poison Ivy, I LOVED that movie too. I totally use to want to go to sleep away camp. I'm sure I would have hated it tho.

Karen Peterson said...

I've seen one or two of these. It's funny because I always dreamed of going away to summer camp, but I don't really love any summer camp movies. I don't know where my summer camp love comes from. Other than from a few books I read when I was younger.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I've seen two of these. I never went to camp. Maybe that's why I don't like camp movies.

Cole said...

I've seen most of these, but never really thought about how many camp movies there are. I think I need to watch Indian Summer tonight!

Kimberlee VDW said...

haha I loved how they were in their 40s playing teenagers :) Added another level of humor to it. I visually loved Moonrise Kingdom as well as most Wes Anderson movies. I don't know that I liked any camp movies... I can only think of Camp Rock on Disney lol