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YMMV: Jesus Camp
  • Critical Research Failure: Levi opines that Galileo made the right decision giving up science for Christ.
    • An adult says that "science doesn't prove anything."
  • Don't Shoot the Message: Many conservative Christian viewers took pains to point out that they considered Fischer's rhetoric and methods way over the top.
  • Funny Moment: Using Ken and Barbie dolls as Adam and Eve.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The segment with Ted Haggard, the pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs and the then-head of the National Association of Evangelicals, was filmed before his run-ins with meth and gay sex were documented, something that is acknowledged in the disclaimer at the end. The point where he says "Well, that's fabulous" is particularly funny.
    • At some point, Becky mentions that liberals are all heart and no action, hence the reason why she and her ilk are better, since they are actually doing something. Shortly after the documentary came out, the camp was attacked and vandalized numerous times, giving the impression that nobody attacked them because the camp was too obscure to be known. Alternates as Harsher in Hindsight because... you know, almost any time any property is vandalized is bad.
    • It's either this or Harsher in Hindsight, but with the film discussing about the children spending their summers in some charismatic Christian summer camp learning and practicing their prophetic gifts and being taught that they can "take back America for Christ", Joshua Komisarjevsky comes to mind, even though he had never attended said camp in North Dakota.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Becky Fischer, the head of the Christian camp featured in the film, not only said that this film portrayed her camp accurately, but thought that it would be a good evangelism tool. This really isn't surprising, though, as the film was produced with her full cooperation and support - it never could have been made in this form if she hadn't supported it.
    • Young Earth creationist, YouTube personality, and now website owner NephilimFree (you know, the guy who thinks that the water from Noah's flood ended up on the moon and that we should find the remains of marine life there) described the film on his site as "a wonderful documentary showing the struggle of our young soldiers of Christ in today's satanic world." (And before you ask, yes, this guy is for real.)
    • There are also those who care more about the fact that it's religious doctrine that the kids are being brainwashed with than the fact that the kids are being brainwashed. In the same vein, there are people who use this documentary as proof that all religion is evil brainwashing.
  • Nightmare Fuel: If there is a scene in this movie that isn't balls-out terrifying, it's hard to find.
    • The scene of them coming to camp and bringing their stuff into their cabins isn't terrifying. Also the part of: 'What time is breakfast?' '8.' 'My hair's still wet.' are okay. But that's just about 3 minutes of the film.
    • There's also the scenes during the closing credits where the kids are passing out religious literature and suggest that maybe it wasn't taken because the people were already Christians, or thought that they were selling something. ("What would we be selling?")
    • Most cases of nightmare fuel have the somewhat mollifying effect of not existing. Becky Fisher is an actual person.
  • Squick: Tory, who seems to be just beginning puberty, comments that she has to be careful about "dancing for the flesh". Even if she only meant dancing for the fun of it rather than dedicating her performances to God, that evokes some pretty eeew mental images.
  • Tear Jerker: The children see Becky's speeches as this. For the audience, the children crying as a result of Becky's emotional abuse qualify.
    • During the first breakfast, one child says that his mom doesn't let him watch Harry Potter because of the witchcraft, so he watches them at his dad's house. The other boys at the table exchange these looks as if the child had said he kills kittens.
    • At one point, a kid starts talking in front of the entire camp about how he has doubts about Christianity and how he feels like he's a bad person for it. This is a pretty heartrendering moment.
      • Especially since the adults of the camp place such a bizarre amount of pressure of these children. They're expected to comprehend complicated social issues (namely abortion) and to "fix the world" themselves. It's not hard to get the impression that these kids are not allowed much time to just have fun and be kids.
      • The reactions from the kids don't help; one boy looks either saddened or unsure of how he feels about the situation, Levi looks pissed off and the last girl just looks nervous to be in the same room as him.
    • One particular scene shows the bedroom where all the little boys are sleeping. They end up getting up in the night and playing around, telling ghost stories and playing with flashlights (as children are wont to do). An older counselor from the camp comes to the room and tells them all to go to bed because (and this is a paraphrase) "ghost stories do not honor the Lord." When you see the light and happiness go out of their eyes, you'll get a little misty.

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