The Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls is a sort of riot-grrrl training compound, a modern-day equivalent to those socialist retreats where hippies used to send their children. The intrepid directors tag along for a summer to observe the girls form bands, participate in self-defense classes and shriek, repeatedly, at the top of their lungs. The movie might have benefited from a more concentrated focus and dramatic arc, but it provides a revealing glimpse into young American outsiders. And to judge from the campers’ performances, the most influential band among our nation’s youth is neither the Beatles nor Nirvana. It’s the Shaggs.
Friday March 7 2008
Arne Johnson, Shane King