I think that there should be at least one person who is from a place mentioned in a movie that reviews the script for accuracy. I have lived most of my life in the Boston suburbs and have some nitpicks with Christmas Camp. It was originally said that Christmas Camp was 2 hours west of Boston. That would put it just outside of the Berkshires, but I'm going to assume that the story took place in the Berkshires. But then later Haley told her friend/assistant that she was going "upstate." Maybe there's an upstate in NY, but not in Massachusetts. Here we say, "Western Mass" or "the Berkshires." No one, I repeat, no one, ever says "upstate." My next quibble is that characters kept saying that they were going to "the city," meaning Boston. UGH! Look on a map. The Berkshires (btw pronounced "berk-sures") is almost equidistant from Boston and NYC. If you are in the Berkshires and you say "the city" it means NYC. For some reason, people here say, "I'm going in to town" when they mean Boston. I'm not sure if people in the Berkshires would say "in to town," but they wouldn't call Boston "the city."
Another few random comments on Christmas Camp.
- Who ever did Haley's makeup did her a disservice. The smokey eyeshadow made her eyes look sunken so she looked ill.
- Am I the only one who remembers when John James was a heart throb?
- I just can't get into Bobby Campo being a romantic lead. Once again I'm showing my age. He reminds me too much of Martin Short.
And now I'm going to sound like the attorney that I am. I just don't get franchising Christmas Camp. In order to do that they need to have something proprietary. The first thing that should have been done, before approaching any other places, was to Register the name "Christmas Camp." I'm not even sure if the Trade Mark office would accept such a generic name. Why would anyone pay to set up a Christmas camp when they can just send someone there for a week to get information and then set up their own?
And by now you probably think that I didn't like the movie. But I actually did enjoy it. Was it because it was a new Christmas movie in July? Was it because I like John Jame's voice? Was it because I've stopped caring that people have snowball fights with their bare hands and no steam comes out of their mouths? Was it because the leads were actually likable? I have no idea. All that I know is that I thought it was cute and fun. And I want to go to Christmas Camp (and I'm Jewish).