Making the Grades
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, a made-for-TV movie, is rated TVG.
In this sequel to Camp Rock (a Disney Channel Original Movie), the cast re-assembles to create the story of Mitchie Torres’ (Demi Lovato) second visit to the summer music workshop. The young teen is anxious to be reunited with the friends she made last year, She is especially excited about getting to spend some time with Shane Grey (Joe Jonas), a professional singer with whom she has tried to maintain a long distance relationship.
However plans of sunny days with songs and pals are clouded when Brown Cesario (Daniel Fathers), the founder of Camp Rock, explains that a competing venue has opened across the lake. Helmed by a former band-mate of Brown’s, the glitzy Camp Star claims it will turn its attendees into super stars. Yet there is an obvious second agenda as well: to shut down the older, kitschy establishment with a mission to "encourage kids in their love of music."
Determined to keep Camp Rock groovin’, Mitchie and her friends (Alyson Stoner and Jasmine Richards), along with Shane and his band brothers (Kevin and Nick Jonas) offer to do whatever is needed to keep the doors open. It turns out this involves teaching classes, acting as councilors and rallying the rest of the campers. On their own initiative, the gang decides to invite their competition to participate in Final Jam, the usual culminating contest at the end of the season. The Camp Star crowd meets this suggestion with exceptional enthusiasm. Not only do they agree, but the also insist the battle be televised and judged by the viewers, American Idol fashion.
Preparing for the showdown gives the plot plenty of opportunities to stop for big production numbers. And it is just as well because the singing and dancing easily out perform the scriptwriting and acting.
Full of catchy tunes and toe-tappin’ good times, parents will find little content to object to in this feel-good film. An uttered term of deity used as an expletive, a few female characters in short skirts and a kiss between teens is about all. While there are no groundbreaking moments here, the script does offer messages of friendship, teamwork and of doing one’s best while still keeping one’s balance. Reminiscent of Hollywood’s musical era (few of those movies really had plots either), Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is fluffy fun for the whole family.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Camp Rock 2: Final Jam.
Camp Rock is about learning to enjoy music, while Camp Star pushes for a professional standard. How do you feel about the two approaches? Do you think you could become a good enough musician to enter the professional level with the Camp Rock approach? Do you think all professionals have to work as hard as the kids do at Camp Star?