“Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” debuted over the weekend, and I’m happy to report that it was no “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” In fact, the “Camp Rock 2″ soundtrack is pretty decent. When your daughter plays “Camp Rock 2″ songs over and over and over again, you won’t feel an immediate need to throw the CD out the window. Since pretty much everything Miley Cyrus-related makes me want to claw my eyes out, and the Jonas Brothers are closely tied to Cyrus, this lack of total sucking was a pleasant surprise.
Now don’t get me wrong, “Camp Rock 2″ was no “Gone With the Wind” – or even “High School Musical,” for that matter.
I find the JoBros’ growing off-screen maturity distracting; every time I saw recently married Kevin Jonas on screen, I wanted to pull him aside and ask him why he was wasting his time with these camp kids when he should be at home with his wife.
And as lovely and earnest as the Jonas Brothers are, they simply aren’t good actors. I think they improved since the first “Camp Rock” – their experience since with their own Disney series helps – but they have about five expressions in their repertoire, and three of them are some form of “dreamy.” Luckily co-star Demi Lovato is more capable.
So where does the movie rate on the scale of annoying kids movies, “Hannah Montana” being the high standard of annoyingness? I’d put it somewhere between “HSM” (cheesily enjoyable) and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (can watch half of it before I want to throw things at the TV screen). But you might want to check back after the 100th time it’s aired …
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