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Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers spill about the highly anticipated sequel to their hit 2008 TV movie.

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

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If you've got a tween in your home, you probably already know all about the Disney Channel's upcoming flick Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. The sequel to 2008's breakout hit Camp Rock, it features the same House of Mouse cast: Kevin, Joe and Nick, a.k.a. the Jonas Brothers), and pop princess Demi Lovato.

Of course, the stars have grown up a lot since their feature-length debut. They've gotten a lot more famous, too. No wonder CR2 had a "bigger budget," as Lovato half-jokes during a press conference. Other changes were made as well. The first film was a bit of a backstage musical; the sequel is a full-on spectacle, with characters breaking into song and dance at the drop of a hat. There's also a meatier plot: Camp Star, a new program for aspiring rockers, has opened nearby and goes after Camp Rock's star students and faculty. Lovato's wallflower heroine, Mitchie Torres, comes out of her shell and inspires her fellow campers to fight back. Everything comes to a head in the foot-stomping number "Can't Back Down," in which teens bust out moves on cafeteria tables in order to save their beloved summer spot. The change in Lovato's role resonates with her personally. "I feel like I'm more of a leader," she explains. "Everyone can relate to the underdog, but at some point I'm the one who's taking charge."

Joe Jonas was impressed with how much the cast had grown offscreen. "Individually, everybody had the opportunity to take time to do more acting, and I think we all grew," he says. "We [the Jonas Brothers] released another record, and Nick released a solo record. And Kevin, you know, he found somebody to spend the rest of his life with. We're all a little older and have matured a little bit more."

To that end, the guys have been rewarded with more screen time as members of the fictional band Connect 3. Joe's rock-star character, Shane Gray, continues to woo Lovato's Mitchie, and—spoiler alert!—after a summerlong courtship, they finally share a tame lip lock.

Nick Jonas's shy guy Nate gets a love interest of his own: the daughter of Camp Star's owner, played by newcomer Chloe Bridges. The smitten Nate expresses himself through (what else?) a ditty that will have tweens swooning. According to Nick, the frantically paced, quirky "Introducing Me" was a challenge. "The first time I heard this song, I was telling myself, 'There's no way I can pull this off. It's so off-the-wall,'" he remembers. "They kept explaining it to me as kind of an Adam Sandler--type thing. It says the right things but it also says all the wrong things, and that's the beauty of it."

Kevin Jonas reprises his role as goofy Jason, who's relegated to teaching the "junior rockers," a rowdy group of tykes that includes Frankie Jonas, often referred to as "Bonus Jonas." "We had a great time," Kevin says of working with his nine-year-old sibling. "I was beyond impressed with him and his work ethic. Plus, he just did a great job on the screen."

Although the summertime romp premieres just as the season is ending (and the semester is beginning), perhaps it will inspire fans to go out and audition for their schools plays. Disney could always use a new crop of stars.

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam premieres Fri Sept 3 on the Disney Channel.




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