Ernest Goes to Camp

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Touchstone Released 1987

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Ernest Goes to Camp

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Director:
John Cherry
Released:
1987
Rating:
PG
Ernest Goes to Camp is a 1987 comedy starring Jim Varney and directed by John R. Cherry III. The film follows Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney), a goofy handyman who want to become a counselor at Kamp Kikakee. When Ernest learns the peculiar sign language created by camp owner Chief St. Cloud (Iron Eyes Cody), his wish is granted. Ernest is given responsibility over a group of juvenile delinquents who previously hospitalized their former counselor. Ernest eventually wins their respect by translating Chief St. Cloud's instructions during an initiation ceremony. When Ernest mistakenly convinces Chief St. Cloud to sign over his property to a strip-mining company because he thinks the contract is a conservation petition, Ernest must organize the boys and make things right. In a showdown with the mining company's owner, Sherman Krader (John Vernon), Ernest pulls out all the stops in a frontal assault of the mining company's construction site. Fans of the goofy know-it-all character Ernest will enjoy this fast-paced comedy.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 30

    The New York Times Caryn James

    There have been worse ideas for innocuous summer films, but not many worse executions. The slapstick is tame and predictable. The characters and their inspirational message are ser...

  • 25

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Despite some clever stunts and Varney's energetic persona-recycling, Ernest Goes to Camp, which was directed by the same man who makes the Ernest commercials, requires heroic patie...

  • 12

    Chicago Tribune

    Most of the problem with this movie is that Ernest is too much of a cartoon to carry such exposure, particularly since he hogs most of the scenes. The other characters, even the ch...

John Vernon

John Vernon

Sherman Krader

Scott Menville

Scott Menville

Crutchfield

Jacob Vargas

Jacob Vargas

Butch 'Bubba' Vargas

Gailard Sartain

Gailard Sartain

Jake (Chef #2)

Jim Varney

Jim Varney

Ernest P. Worrell

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Comedy, Kids

Themes

Pre-Teens, Family Comedies, Grade Schoolers, Slapstick