School's out, and for the teens at Camp Ovation, that could not be a better thing.
Ellen's had trouble getting a date to the prom, even having had to go so far as asking her own brother. Michael was beaten horribly after attending his prom in drag. Neither expects that their time at Camp Ovation will result in what turns out to be one weird
love triangle with Na´ve Newcomer
Meanwhile, nerdy girl Fritzi attempts to befriend camp diva Jill, only to find herself toting Jill's luggage. Then there's poor Jenna, whose mouth has been wired shut by her parents in an effort to get her to lose weight.
All six are in for one hell of a summer.
This movie contains examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Jenna's father comes very, very close. Her mother seems supportive but is overshadowed by a domineering husband.
- Hell, many of the kids' parents come across as this, or at least Jerkasses.
- The Alcoholic: Washed-up composer Bert Hanley
- Alpha Bitch: Jill
- Ambiguously Gay: Fritzi seems really into Jill and comes off as someone wanted revenge for her affection not be requited
- Bastard Understudy / The Dog Bites Back: Fritzi
- The Cameo: Stephen Sondheim appears as himself.
- Camp Gay: Most of the guys at Camp Ovation, though Michael's probably the most flamboyant.
- Moral Dissonance: Deliberately invoked. Almost all of the plays that the camp puts on are absolutely not meant for children.
- No Bisexuals: Played with. After Michael seduces Dee, he muses that while spoiler:although he is capable of having sex with a woman, he doesn't necessarily enjoy it, and wishes it was something he hadn't explored so he isn't tempted to hide in a heterosexual relationship when it gets too hard for him to be out.
- Prom Is for Straight Kids
- Spiritual Predecessor: To Glee
- Summer Campy: Well DUH