Ernest Goes to Camp

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"Welcome to Kamp Kikakee, the craziest summer camp ever!"
  • PG
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 5.5  (12,369)
  • 24

Ernest Goes to Camp is a 1987 comedy film that follows the adventures of the titular character Ernest (Jim Varney) as he goes to work as a counselor at Kamp Kikakee, a summer camp for troubled kids. Ernest is excited to work with the kids and has big dreams of making a difference in their lives. However, things don't go as planned when he ends up in charge of a group of misfits who don't want to participate in any of the camp's activities.

Ernest's group includes a tough-talking city kid, a timid boy who is easily scared by everything, a clumsy nerd, and a spoiled rich girl who is used to getting her way. Despite their differences, Ernest is determined to help them bond and become a cohesive group. He comes up with various schemes to get them excited about camp activities, such as a canoe race and a scavenger hunt. However, his plans are constantly foiled by the camp's strict director, Chief St. Cloud (John Vernon), who doesn't approve of Ernest's unorthodox methods.

As the summer progresses, Ernest and his group of misfits find themselves facing a series of challenges that put their survival skills to the test. They must band together to overcome obstacles such as a forest fire and a rampaging bear. Along the way, they learn valuable lessons about teamwork, friendship, and self-confidence.

One of the highlights of the movie is Jim Varney's performance as Ernest. Varney's portrayal of the character is endearing and hilarious, with his signature catchphrases and slapstick humor. The rest of the cast also deliver solid performances, with Victoria Racimo playing Nurse St. Cloud, the camp's only medical professional, and John Vernon as the stern but ultimately well-meaning Chief St. Cloud.

Another standout aspect of the movie is its use of practical effects. The film features several scenes of impressive stunts, including a high-speed canoe chase and a daring rope swing across a ravine. These scenes are all done without the use of CGI or green screen, giving the movie a charming, old-school feel.

Overall, Ernest Goes to Camp is a fun and heartwarming movie that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Its message about the importance of community and working together is still relevant today, and the movie's humor and heartfelt moments make it a classic for all ages.

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