First-time director Todd Graff's on-a-shoestring homage to the musical-theatre summer camp he attended as a teenager doesn't quite live up to its Sundance plaudits. Despite a promising premise - talented unknowns recreating a world where campers improbably favour Sondheim over softball - the awkward script wobbles between satire, adolescent-issue mining, Fame-style uplift, teen-flick stereotypes and a distinct clumsiness with the other kind of "camp".

Song-and-dance numbers sparkle, but the strong black support cast play second fiddle to the dull white principals: boy-band bland Daniel Letterle, Alana Allen's blonde rich-bitch and a embittered-drunk teacher played badly by REM producer Don Dixon. Clearly he absorbed no luvvie tips from Michael Stipe.

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