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A Comedy About Eight Friends Who Return To The Best Summer Of Their Lives!

Camp Tamakwa owner, Unca Lou Handler (Alan Arkin) invites seven best friends, one of whom engaged to a 21-year-old, to spend a week at their old summer camp. While at Camp Tamakwa, the former campers reminisce about their adolescence at summer camp and revert back to their childhood days.

This film provides examples of:

  • The '70s: The camper flashbacks take place in 1972.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Jamie's fiancée Gwen is in her early 20s, Jamie is estimated to be in his 30s.
  • Summer Camp Reunion: The campers reunite after 20+ years.
  • Friendship-Straining Competition: During the Tamakwathon, there's one between Beth and Matt when they're preteens.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Unca Lou is racked with guilt due to his racist attitude toward a potential counselor, even worst he had no idea that Jack
  • Photographic Memory: Subverted. Unca Lou astounded campers as children by remembering everyone's name and remembering the "super secret Indian name" he gave to campers who were feeling down. He reveals at the reunion that he looked at the shirt tags for names and gave all campers the same "super secret Indian name".
  • Precision F-Strike: Occurs after Jamie makes misogynist comments toward his fiancée.
  • Raging Stiffie: In a flashback, it's revealed that Jack had his first one at Camp Tamakwa.
  • The Prankster: Implied to be almost all of them.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Jamie has this attitude towards Gwen, even going so far as referring to her as a little girl and telling her to "sit quietly and look pretty".
  • Summer Campy: The movie's plot literally revolves around summer camp.