It’s been seven long years, but as the recently trending hashtag #7YearsofCampRock shows, the Disney original movie is still near and dear to many.
The flick starred Demi Lovato as spunky kitchen worker and moonlighting songwriter Mitchie Torres, and the now-broken-up Jonas Brothers as heartthrob band boys Jason, Shane and Nate Gray of Connect 3. Along with a band of gifted and talented campers, Mitchie and Shane dance and sing the summer away, dealing with drama from mean girl Tess Tyler (Meaghan Jette Martin), finding their respective voices, and eventually falling in love.
To celebrate the seven year anniversary of this cinematic gem, we took a trip down memory lane and compiled a list of the seven best moments from “Camp Rock.”
1. That Group Hug
Let’s face it – Jason Gray (played by oldest JoBro Kevin) was the real star of Connect 3. His awkward delivery and child-like humor reminded us not to take ourselves – or this movie – too seriously.
2. Shane’s Attitude Adjustment
Three hours into his first day at camp, he’s already phoning home and begging to be picked up. His reasoning? “I need hair product!” Hey, that fringe isn’t going to style itself.
3. Whatever Triple Loser
The come-back to end all come-backs. Enough said.
4. The Fashion
This isn’t exactly a “moment,” but a series of moments that spans the whole film. Thus, it gets its own bullet point. From Kevin Jonas’ vest/neck scarf combo to Mitchie’s bedazzled trucker hat to Tess’s dress-over-jeans combo, the Camp Rock campers proved they weren’t just happy breaking fashion rules – they freaking loved it.
5. “Too Cool”
The sassy choreography. Those sparkly, well-coordinated dresses. That auto-tune. Mixed together, this number was arguably a show-stealer, and it came with the added perk of being catchy enough to play on repeat for weeks.
6. Shirtless Shane
Despite the questionable reality of the lighting in this scene, it seemed that most teens in ’08 were heart-eyed over the sight of 18-year-old Joe Jonas’ abs. How dreamy.
7. “This is Me”
If this movie has only one redeeming quality, this is it. The penultimate musical number is enough to give you goosebumps to this day. The song was pure gold, and the fact that Demi Lovato could still perform it live in 2014 and still make fans completely lose it is proof.