Alex likes being a bully because of the status it brings her in her circle of friends. What her victims never see is the broken home she lives in and how miserable she is on the inside. Restless because of the approaching summer, Alex takes up the offer of a boy she likes to go to a high-end summer camp, not knowing that it is Christian based. When she arrives, she is resistant to the love of the counselors there, but she soon feels her walls cracking as she comes to grips with the person she really is.
Production Quality (1 point)
The production quality of Camp Harlow is basically inconsistent. The video quality is mostly clear, but the camera angles are all over the place. There are several long segments of musical montages, which seem to cover up a low budget production, such as poor microphone work and lack of dialogue. The editing is straightforward, likely because there is just not much content here. There are a lot of wasted scenes involving characters that are rarely focused on; some seem to be overt advertisements for the actual Camp Harlow. In other words, though the video is clear, there is not much else to say.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
The idea behind the plot is intriguing and noteworthy, but there is simply not enough content to sustain the movie. Thus, there is a lot of filler content, such as procedural camp activities and forced dialogue. Because most of the dialogue is very wooden and awkward, the characters are mostly not developed well. The only positive elements here is the character arc of Alex. It is realistic that bullies often have broken home lives and therefore project their pain on other people. This truth was at least portrayed in Camp Harlow. Unfortunately, the surrounding negative factors drown this out.
Acting Quality (1 point)
AJ Olson is good in her debut, but she may be the only good actor in this cast. The other actors appear to be either forcing their lines or just going through the motions. It seems like some of them could be better if they were coached differently. At this point, Box Office Revolution wonders if PureFlix ever has acting coaches.
In an attempt to be meaningful, Camp Harlow comes off as preachy without anything to back it up. No one respects a low quality movie unless it shows a lot of promise and had a very small budget. The important intended message of Camp Harlow is lost, in keeping with the themes of most PureFlix movies. There is more to making a great movie than just upgrading camera quality, even though this is a good start.
Final Rating: 3 out of 10 points