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A Disney Channel Original Movie. It's about a girl named Mitchie Torres (Demi Lovato) who goes to a music camp during the summer. There, she meets a pop star (Joe Jonas). She sings a song that inspires him. He falls in love with her. Meaghan Martin and Alyson Stoner also star.

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  • Adaptation Expansion: The novelization for the first movie expands on a lot of characters motivations, fleshes out the romance and even gives Tess a happy ending.
  • Adults Are Useless: All the camp's staff members refuse to punish Tess for her behavior
  • Advertised Extra: Nick and Kevin Jonas' characters were heavily promoted because their brother Joe plays main character Shane Gray. It becomes less so in the sequel.
  • Aesop Amnesia: It's really quite impressive that Tess managed to make a Heel–Face Turn twice in two films.
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  • Alpha Bitch: Tess, one of the most over-the-top examples. Hell, she even sings a song with lyrics like "I'm too cool for you" and "You see, some are born with beauty, brains, and talent, and they got it all".
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Peggy and Ella get tired of Tess's domineering attitude near the end of the first movie and leave her to do her performance alone. Unlike most examples, they eventually forgive her.
  • Be Yourself: Rivals High School Musical.
  • Brainless Beauty: Ella.
  • Brick Joke: Jason wanting a birdhouse is mentioned multiple times in the first one, and in the second, when he's hiding under the table from the kids, he's building one. ...Which is then destroyed by the kids, causing him to get up and give them a talking to.
  • Butt-Monkey: Played with in Kevin's case; it's not malicious, as everybody actually likes him.
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  • Calling The Old Lady Out: While it outwardly appears to be a song about a relationship on the rocks, "Two Stars" can also be read as Tess calling out to her mother to pay attention to her for once.
  • The Cameo: Not a big name star, but the Jonas Brothers' little brother Frankie is one of Jason's junior campers.
  • Can't Believe I Said That: Type B of this trope is used in the second movie, when Dana says she thinks Nate has pretty eyes and he doesn't know how to respond. After she leaves:
    Nate: I think you have pretty eyes too. Stupid!
  • Captain Ersatz: The Jonas Brothers play their own as Connect 3.
  • Celebrity Star
  • Chekhov's Gun: Minor example in the second movie. Early on Mitchie's mom bemoans the accidental delivery of dozens of inflatable balls. The group use them later in their performance, unleashing them on the audience.
    • You kind of feel sorry for whoever had to blow them up...
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Between this, the Hannah Montana appearance, and his Jonas role, Kevin Jonas seems to have been typecast as this.
  • Concert Climax: Of course.
  • Cool Loser: Mitchie and Caitlyn
  • Corner of Woe: Played straight after Shane lectures Mitchie.
    • Tess after seeing that her pop star mom was getting ready to leave for another tour.
  • Creator Cameo: One of the writers, Julie Brown, randomly has a scene as a counselor.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Peggy, who wins the "Final Jam" competition over Tess and Mitchie.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Tess; arguably inverted by Camp Star (or the majority of the Camp Star kids) in the second film.
  • The Ditz: Ella and Jason
    • Luke has shades of this as well.
  • Deus ex Machina: Seriously now, Camp Rock is spared from being closed down because Camp Star doesn't have any campfires? Yes, they had to have some way to keep the antagonists from winning completely, but come on....
    • This is justified and lampshaded by the song 'This Is What We Came Here For', in that while kids like Luke (and Tess) are dedicated towards having a musical career, most of the campers from both camps are simply average kids who have some musical talents and wanted to go to a summer camp where they could also play music.
    • It was probably also because Axel is a jackass. Most of them probably decided they'd had enough of him.
  • Easily Forgiven: Both Mitchie and Tess in the first movie despite neither doing that much to warrant it from the people forgiving them.
  • Evil Counterpart: In the second film, Luke for Mitchie, and Axel Turner for Brown.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tess, whose mother is always working. Her mother came to see her in the competition, then walked out on her when she was performing.
  • Girl Posse: Peggy, Ella and briefly Mitchie.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Once again, Tess.
  • "I Am" Song: "This is Me", "Here I Am", "Too Cool", "Introducing Me", and, to a lesser extent, "Who Will I Be?" which doubles as an "I Want" Song and "I Am Becoming" Song
  • Informed Loner: Mitchie
  • In Name Only: Camp Rock also teaches dance classes. Which is fine...until the sequel where we learn they also teach fashion design classes.
  • In with the In Crowd: Mitchie tries this, hiding how she's a Scholarship Student.
  • Invisible Backup Band: A lot, most noticeably when Shane sings "Gotta Find You".
    • Perhaps its best use is in the song "Introducing Me" where after the line "I like the sound of violins" violins begin backing the acoustic guitar being played by Nate.
  • It's All About Me: Tess and Shane at the beginning.
  • "I Want" Song: "2 Stars", "Gotta Find You".
  • Jerkass: From the first film, Tess, plus Shane during the first act, and Luke in the second film.
  • Karma Houdini: Tess basically bails on her friends for glitz, glamour, and air conditioned cabins. Keep in mind, these are the people who forgave her after she spent a whole movie treating them like crap, welcomed her as a friend with open arms, and never spoke of her previous unpleasant behavior again. She suffers no consequences for ditching them like that and leaving Camp Rock to flounder. Even though she makes a Heel–Face Turn at the end (yes, again), it doesn't really do much to take the sting out of that, though perhaps she's forgiven since she really didn't have to make the Heel–Face Turn this time considering that her side actually had already won.
    • Luke as well, who is left reveling in Camp Star's victory.
  • Liar Revealed: Mitchie lies about her mother being involved in the music industry so that she could fit in, and it causes Shane to break up with her.
  • Mood Whiplash: In one scene Mitchie is shown going around complaining that no one is working hard enough. Everyone protests that they are, they're just taking a break, and the implication is that she's slave driving them. Peggy even says "I love her, but I'm going to kill her." The very next morning, Mitchie wakes up to discover that everyone has come around to her way of thinking and have been practicing for hours.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Catlyn is the buddy of Mitchie who serves as her voice of reason; Tess is the diva who lashes out at her partners; Mitchie is inbetween due to being new to camp but also serves as a serious leader.
    • The members of Connect Three are this, too. Nate is shy, Shane is hot-headed, and Jason is not as mean as Shane, but more serious than Nate.
    • Also, Peggy clearly is quite uncomfortable with much of Tess' actions, Tess is obviously the meanest of the three, and while Ella seems ok, she seems less phased by Tess' mean deeds than Peggy does.
  • Orbital Shot: Shane and Mitchie have one towards the end of "This Is Me".
  • Theme Naming: The members of Connect Three all have short a sounds in them.
  • The Power of Rock!
  • Retcon: Camp Rock goes from 'elite music camp for the rich' to 'darkhorse camp with nothing good to offer' between movies.
    • The first movie frames all the songs as performances while the second has them happen High School Musical style.
  • Rock is Authentic, Pop is Shallow: The sequel, The Final Jam pits the Camp Rock, a summer music camp specializing with rock music versus Camp Star, a camp that churns out pop stars that sing and dance. Camp Star ends up winning, however.
  • Scholarship Student: How Mitchie is able to attend the camp. Her mother gets a job to cater the camp and Mitchie goes along.
    • Fridge Logic: Since when has summer ever been slow for caterers?
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Lola and Andy, who were minor characters in the first film, are not seen or heard from again in the sequel.
    • Despite being one of the writers of the movies, Julie Brown's character, Dee the counselor, does not also appear in the sequel nor is given any mention.
    • Even Mitchie's lying from the first film is not brought up again in the sequel.
  • Shout-Out: In 'Tear it Down' Tess' outfit looked somewhat familiar.
  • Spiritual Predecessor: To Starstruck & Lemonade Mouth
  • Spiritual Successor: To the High School Musical franchise.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Nate and Dana in the second film.
  • Talent Double: Peggy/Margaret's vocals are provided by Wild Orchid and Kids Incorporated alumna Renee Sandstrom.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sort of, with Jason giving one to the junior campers who won't listen to him.
    Jason: Enough! You wanna rock? Well, you know what? You don't deserve to rock. Why should I show you the first thing about being a rockstar if you don't wanna show me any respect?
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Invoked when Kevin points out to the young Camp Rockers that they can't expect for him, a rock star, to show them how to be rock stars if they can't show him respect.
  • Those Two Guys: Barron and Sander. Peggy and Ella would also count if Peggy didn't step up to the plate and sing on her own.
  • Tomboyish Name: Mitchie
  • Totally Radical: Whatever major loser!. Lampshaded by Mitchie.
  • Villainous BSoD: Tess when, during her song, she sees her mom getting ready to go on tour. She then fumbles her way through the end of the song and nearly gets knocked off the stage by a prop.
  • Villain Song
    • Camp Stars' "Fire" and "Tear it Down".
    • "Too Cool" sung by Tess.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tess. The reason for most of her Alpha Bitch behavior in the first film was to be good enough that her Mom would finally pay attention to her. It hits her pretty hard when her Mom finally shows up to one of her shows and then walks out on her to take a phone call.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mitchie really shouldn't have let Luke taunt her into accepting Axel's camp sing-off challenge.


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