Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jonathan Prince|
|Produced by||Michael Peyser|
|Written by||Andrew Kurtzman|
|Music by||David Lawrence|
|Edited by||Jon Poll|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|August 26, 1994|
|Box office||$10,471,613 (US)|
Camp Nowhere is a 1994 American adventure comedy film directed by Jonathan Prince, written by Andrew Kurtzman and Eliot Wald, and stars Christopher Lloyd, Jonathan Jackson and Jessica Alba in her film debut.
Morris "Mud" Himmel has a problem: his parents want to send him away to a summer computer camp. He hates going to summer camp and will do anything to get out of it. Talking to his friends, he realizes that they are all facing the same sentence of going to a boring summer camp. Together, they hatch a plan to create their own summer camp with no parents, no counselors, and no rules. Word gets out and other kids soon want to join the made-up summer camp. Mud decides to blackmail former drama teacher Dennis Van Welker into helping; he had bought an AMC Gremlin and failed to make most of the payments and is being pursued by soon-to-retire collector T.R. Polk, and agrees to help them in return for $1,000 and after they threaten to turn him in if he doesn't help.
With Dennis' help, the kids trick all the parents into sending them to the camp, and then rent an old campground (that used to be a hippie commune back in the 1960s and 1970s.) with a cabin on a lake. Some parents believe it is a computer camp, while others believe it is a fat camp, military camp, or an acting camp. The kids use the money their parents had paid for camp to buy toys and food. After a little while, they get bored and wonder if they should just return home. Mud goes to Dennis for help, and with a bribe, he soon finds ways to keep things interesting and help them continue to have fun.
Eventually, the parents want to come visit their kids, despite being told that there are no parents' days. Mud makes a plan to trick them and, along with his friends, they keep the camp concealed. In a matter of hours, they fix it up and set up different scenarios representing the different camps (fat camp, computer camp, military camp, etc.) Their plan works and the parents don't suspect a thing. T.R. Polk then meets a state trooper who was also seeking Dennis, and they find their way into the camp and catch him. The police are called and Mud finds Dennis running away from the authorities. Mud is confronted by the police and protects Dennis from them, but soon after Dennis turns himself in. Mud confesses and explains that the whole thing was his idea, and uses the rest of the money to settle Dennis' debt with T.R. Polk, who'll retire with a perfect record. The other kids in a show of solidarity also claim responsibility and therefore all the parents refuse to press charges. Dennis gets off the hook and the kids leave for home, having had the greatest summer of their lives.
- Jonathan Jackson as Morris "Mud" Himmel
- Christopher Lloyd as Dennis Van Welker
- Melody Kay as Gaby Nowicki
- Andrew Keegan as Zack Dell
- Marnette Patterson as Trish Prescott
- Wendy Makkena as Dr. Celeste Dunbar
- Thomas F. Wilson as Lt. Eliot Hendricks
- Hillary Tuck as Betty Stoller
- Devin Neil Oatway as Tim
- Allison Mack as Heather
- Jessica Alba as Gail
- Michael Zorek as Chez Cheez Guy
- Ian Christopher Scott as Warren
- Nathan Cavaleri as Steve
- Heather DeLoach as Eileen
- Paige Andree as Jill
- Leah Theresa Hanner as Debbie
- Mooky Arizona as Arnold Spiegel
- Kazz Wingate IV as Pete
- Kellen McLaughlin as J.D.
- Brian Wagner as Lenny
- Joshua G. Mayweather as Walter
- Nicolas Friedman as Ricky
- Alyssa Poblador as Nicole
- Krystle and Tiffany Mataras as Amber and Ashley
- Peter Scolari as Donald Himmel
- Romy Windsor as Nancy Himmel
- M. Emmet Walsh as T.R. Polk
- Ray Baker as Norris Prescott
- Kate Mulgrew as Rachel Prescott
- John Putch as Neil Garbus
- Burgess Meredith as Fein
- Maryedith Burrell as Gwen Nowicki
- Genie Francis as Mrs. Spiegel
- Jonathan Frakes as Bob Spiegel
- Peter Onorati as Karl Dell
The film received negative reviews from critics. Based on 11 reviews compiled retrospectively, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 18%. However, according to the Rotten Tomatoes website, the film fared much better with general audiences, with a score of 58%. 
Camp Nowhere was released on VHS on June 6, 1995, and released on DVD August 5, 2003. Mill Creek Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray on October 11, 2011. Kino Lorber released the film on DVD and Blu-ray April 17, 2018.
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- Maslin, Janet (August 26, 1994). "Camp Nowhere (1994) FILM REVIEW; Suppose We Rent Some Cabins and Run Our Own Camp?". The New York Times.
- "Camp Nowhere". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
- Camp Nowhere (1994), retrieved 2018-04-17
- Camp Nowhere Blu-ray, retrieved 2018-04-17