Judge Ryan Keefer no longer needs that brain he was saving up for.
"You're going to Camp Rock!"
While Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana is the latest pop/rock act to have parents
spending hundreds of dollars on concert tickets so they can truly wear the
"World's Greatest Mom/Dad" t-shirt, the Jonas Brothers are now riding
that wave. In a sense, they're the entertainment equivalent of algae. They open
for Miley constantly and I think one of the boys dates her. So now that the
Jonas Brothers' vehicle Camp Rock is out on Blu-ray, what does everyone
Facts of the Case
Camp Rock was co-written by Karin Gist and Regina Y. Hicks, who
co-produced the long-running show Girlfriends. No, I haven't heard of it
either. The film follows Mitchie (Demi Lovato), an aspiring performer who wants
to go to some camp that develops child rock stars. Yeah, it was basically kind
of like that one episode of The Simpsons where Homer went to rock and
roll fantasy camp. Mitchie becomes friends with Caitlyn (Alyson Stoner), but
also butts heads with Tess (Meaghan Jette Martin), the daughter of a famous
performer who has a hard time escaping Mom's shadow. The established performer
who comes to camp to show the kids what-for on performance is Shane Gray, played
by Joe Jonas. Shane hears a mysterious voice singing one day and tries to find
out who it belongs to, not knowing it's Mitchie's. But the only reason why she's
there is because her mom catering business is cooking for the camp. So, Mitchie
tries to manage the delicate balance between her blue-collar roots and her
chance at stardom.
We now listen in on a conversation between a typical American father and his
"Well, Tommy at school says that
rock is dead and I'm not sure what that means."
"Is that the
same Tommy you said who smokes at the school loading dock?"
"Well, I'll get to Tommy in a minute, but you ask a
pretty interesting question."
"Why's that?" "Well,
some people say that rock is still going strong, but a lot of people say that
rock is dead. The interesting part is that nobody really agrees on when it died.
Some people say it's when Elvis died. Other people say it was before that, when
the Rolling Stones played Altamont. Other people say it's when young guys like
Sid Vicious or Kurt Cobain passed on."
"Yeah. Why do you ask?"
"Well, we had to see this film at
school called Camp Rock, and Tommy was in class, and that's what he said
"Hmm…Well, do you agree with what he
"I'm not sure. I mean, I was watching it, and it reminded
me of a lot of things. Like, aren't you supposed to have drummers and stuff in a
"Yeah, you are. What did you see?"
"Well, a lot of songs were played to keyboards and drum tracks, and anyone
who played a guitar was only strumming one chord."
"Yeah, that doesn't sound like rock all that much to me."
"Also, the kids worked too hard to be good people. I always thought rock
stars were a little bit on the bad side. The kid who's supposed to be a rock
star was a boy, but looked and sounded like a girl. And the boys and girls all
got along, even when they weren't supposed to. They all looked like they came
out of the commercials from J.Crew."
"Wow, it doesn't sound all that good."
"No, it wasn't.
It was pretty boring. It was kind of like Meatballs and That Thing You Do!, minus all the
touring and stuff."
"Sorry to hear it, son."
"Well it wasn't so bad, Dad. I mean, they played the Blu-ray disc, and the
1.78:1 widescreen looked good. There wasn't a lot of depth to the background
image, but the foreground stuff was presentable without being too vivid. The PCM
soundtrack didn't provide for a lot of sonic engagement; it wasn't very
immersive and sometimes the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track sounded
"When did you learn so much about audio and video
"Mike Thomas brings in home theater magazines and
we read through them at lunch."
"Son, I hate it when you do
that. I know you're becoming an adult and all, but if these magazines interest
you, let me know, and I can get you a subscription."
"You're welcome son. Did the disc have good bonus
"They were OK. Most of it was the usual look at the
making of the film, but there's a thing on how to be a rock star that's kind of
weird. It's 30 minutes long, but they don't really cover anything, and some of
the stuff they say is weird. Like, to be a rock star, you're supposed to listen
to what your parents say. It sounds like like that's what being a rock star is
"Well, you'd be right about that son."
"And not knowing anything about the Jonas Brothers, I think they're kind of
weird looking. They're rock stars who like performing, but they spend more time
talking about hair and fashion and shopping then they do about music. It's like
they're girls. And this is the band that everyone is freaking out
"It does kind of tell you something about human nature, doesn't it
"Yeah, but I did what you said…'Never let the
bastards get me down.'"
"Is there anything else that you wanted to talk about with the movie
"Yeah, Dad. There was one other thing. I found out from
Jessica and Danielle that they also saw the movie and they didn't like it
"No, Danielle called it
'stupid,' and Jessica said it was 'predictable and dumb.' Now they're my
sisters, and just becoming teenagers, and they're supposed to like the Jonas
Brothers. If my sisters don't like the movie, was does that tell you?"
"Sounds like it's a stupid movie."
"You're right dad, it
"So son, does this discussion help clear things up for you?"
"Yeah, Dad. Thanks."
"Tell me what you've learned."
"I've learned that before Camp Rock, rock was probably dead.
After Camp Rock, I know it's not coming back."
son. Now go get Dad a mandarin vodka and red bull."
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Scales of Justice
• 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (Widescreen)
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (French)
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish)
• PCM 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Concerts and Musicals
• Rehearsal Cam with Bounce To Movie
• Karaoke Sing Along
• Music Videos