Families are complicated. They can be a source of amusement, tedium and pain. But for those who come from dysfunctional homes, they're just about tedium and pain, rarely joy or comfort.
That's the premise behind Camp, the story of Eli, whose mother is a drug addict and father is a transient who floats in and out of his life. Eli is transferred to Locustwood, a home for children that's little better than a prison.
But when Eli goes to a camp for children hailing from abusive and neglectful households, he meets counselor Ken, who becomes his mentor and friend. Their budding friendship faces a new challenge when Eli's father makes a surprise appearance at camp.
The film, based on the real-life Royal Family Kids Camp and produced to draw awareness of the plight of underprivileged and neglected youths, makes its Treasure Valley debut at noon today at Majestic Cinemas in Meridian. Tickets are $10, and 10 percent of the film's proceeds go toward starting new camps.