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Set at a low-end summer camp and aimed squarely at a teen audience, Meatballs is a light screwball comedy that turned its low-budget Canadian roots into a very profitable box-office run. The biggest reason for the film's success is Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp's director Morty (Harvey Atkins), who is affectionately known as Mickey. Camp opens with Tripper and Morty preparing the misfit counselors-in-training ¡ª Spaz, Fink, Crockett, A.L., Candace, Wendy, and Wheels among them ¡ª for the arrival of their hyperactive little charges. After settling in, kids and counselors begin their activities with a soccer game in which depressed 11-year-old Rudy (Chris Makepeace) accidentally loses the game. Cast out by the other children, Rudy runs away only to come across Tripper, who befriends the boy and makes him his running partner. Romance, sexy fun, and comic hijinx ¡ª usually with the heavy-sleeping Morty as their target ¡ª lead up to an annual Olympiad in which Camp Northstar battles the wealthier and athletically superior residents of Camp Mohawk. The challenging events include cup stacking, potato-sack racing, and a nauseating hot dog-eating contest in which the portly Fink devours his way to victory. With the two-day event tied up, it comes down to the cross-country run, in which Tripper enters Rudy. Meatballs was the first major directorial effort by multi-talented filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose name has since become synonymous with the comedy genre.
Decades before he was winning accolades for his work in Lost in Translation and Rushmore, Bill Murray was making moviegoers snicker with his breakthrough comedy Meatballs. This film--which was released theatrically in 1979--stars a 29-year-old Murray as a horny camp counselor named Tripper Harrison, who is just barely more mature than the kids he's looking after. Tripper seems like a screw up because he is, but the audience sees soon enough that he has that proverbial heart of gold, which is offset by an acerbic tongue. Looking over one of the unhappy children in his charge, Tripper says, "You must be the short, depressed kid we ordered." Camp North Star isn't the type of destination kids dream about during the school year. As envisioned by director Ivan Reitman (who would again collaborate with Murray in Ghostbusters), it's a place where kids do their time until their parents let them return home. But in his own way, Tripper makes it a fun place for the kids to learn about the opposite sex and get a feeing for competition. Unlike Little Darlings, the coming-of-age camping film starring Kristy McNichol and Tatum O'Neal that was released a year later, there really isn't a strong moral to this film. But there is a sense that thanks to Tripper's unorthodox madness, he makes Camp North Star a place that kids want to return to the following year. While not as self-assured as he would be in a smaller role in 1980's Caddyshack, Murray is highly likeable here as an overgrown doof.
On the DVD
In the special edition version of this DVD, the extra features include some insight into Murray, who is somewhat elusive about committing to film projects. Reitman reveals that he actually wasn't sure Murray (who wasn't a big name back then) was on board for Meatballs until he showed up for filming the first week. Interestingly enough, this comedy originally was supposed to focus its attention on several camp counselors, but Murray was so good in his role that the plot was adjusted to focus primarily on Tripper. Also included is a three-part "making of" featurette that includes insight into casting, the use of real campers because they didn't have enough money to pay for extras, and interviews with some of the cast members. --Jae-Ha Kim
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- Classic Bill Murray!
Just an awesome movie that need to be digitally remastered. I love special edition movies. Bill Murray is just at the top of his game. The rest of the cast was great. Nobody went on to have careers like Bill, except for Kristin DeBell who did some...well...some other movies that I believe got her blackballed from Hollywood....more info
- Profound, Moving
This 70's classic remains the masterpiece of Bill Murray's noteworthy career. Murray's years of training in the Suzuki method of acting is plainly evident as he tackles the challenging role of camp counselor. You'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll cheer on the campers as they navigate the tricky shoals of adolescence. This movie is an extraordinary achievement is American theater....more info
- Thank You Good Viewers
Thank you to everyone who wrote good reviews of Meatballs and looked past any so-called "sophmoric" humor, and realized that Meatballs is a very good feel-good movie. I am 28 years old and grew up on this movie. I only own a few movies, but this was one of the first ones I bought. I have watched it over and over since getting it, and I am happy to know that others feel sentimental about it like myself. True Meatballs fans don't acknowledge any other "Meatballs" movies (they made more than one?). This is a classic, despite what "professional" reviewers say. I just wish I could find the soundtrack to this great movie. Anyone have any ideas? "Lets say it was the Moondust..."...more info
- a good pop corn muncher movie!
one of the funniest movies i've seen!check it out!...more info
- SOOOOOOOOOOO Funny!
You probably think this movie is stupid and that it is just about meatballs. NO WAY! I'm not going to give this movie away, but it is about a sleep away camp. Crazy, funny, and serious things happen in this movie. If you are thinking about getting this movie don't click anywhere but the buy button. Buy it!! You'll love it till you die! For all ages...more info
Anyone who grew up in the eighties has to remember and love this film.
Please don't listen to reviewers who call this movie sophmoric and cruel. It does have a little low-brow humor BUT for the most part the film is surprisingly kind-hearted and sentimental (a perfect way to remember childhood).
Even if you don't purchase this movie, do yourself a favor and rent it. You won't be disappointed.
Some classic lines:
(what other movie has so many quotable lines?)
"the kids wanted adventure so this year each camper will stalk and kill his own wild bear."
"Spaz, Spaz, Spaz, Spaz, Spaz! "
"You can change that record, but don't you change! Promise me! "
"Wun you wascally wabbit! Wun! "
"Come on Morty, make up your mind! "
"IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER! IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER! "
RUDY: "I'm going away." TRIPPER: "You goin to Vegas? Cause if you were going to Vegas I'd be up for it!"
"Well, that's life in the slam-bang, live-on-the-razor's-edge, laugh-in-the-face-of-death world of junior league soccer!"
"You make one good friend a summer, and you're doing okay."
"Spaz! What are you a homo or what? "
"THE EGG TOSS! Probably the most PUNISHING of all food-related sports"
"Ya gotta WANT it, Larry! "
"Come on, Fink, this is weenie WAR! "
TRIPPER: "Roxanne, I have what doctors call very active glands. You're the only person I've told. My folks don't even know."
ROXANNE: "Well, maybe you can have surgery without them knowing." TRIPPER: "Awwww, heck with surgery! LET'S WRESTLE! "
"SHARK INFESTED WATERS! "
"YOU, ON THE WATER SKIS! "...more info
- Great Memories of the '70's
The story of a summer camp and it's head counselor played by Bill Murray. Some really funny scenes regarding the camp director, they all call him Mickey, his name is Morty.
But the best part of all is that "It just doesn't matter " speech that Bill Murray improvises before the big contest between Murray's camp and the rich kids camp down the road. It's a moment on film when you could see the mind that developed his great characters on SNL.
I was in college and the University of Wisconsin was not having the best football seasons. WE often cheered " It JUST DOESN'T MATTER, IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER" between body passing and the band flashing out on the field.
Great movie and a lovely love song "Moondust by Terry Black" . Even if you hate this type of movie, watch it just to listen to this song. It's worth it.
Plus who doesn't like a movie about kids and camp..........more info
- Humor and compassion
Murray's interactions with the boy are so good that I used excerpts from the film for a final exam on basic counseling I taught at a graduate school - the students had to identify the techniques used by Tripper and suggest alternatives. This may be a far more educational portrayal of counseling than any of the wierd therapist-involved movies Hollywood has produced over the past decade.
Beyond all that, this is a film of good-natured humor that has sympathy for its characters. Among the very best things that Bill Murray ever did.
And where is Tripper today when we need him?...more info
- Good transfer with original music
A must have for all fans of summer camp. The extras are great! Finding out about the cast and where they are today is priceless. This DVD edition is so much better than the HBO version put out in 1999. This special edition features the original music just like it was on the laserdisc. The remastering is good and well worth the price. However, this edition does lack the original theatrical trailer which was featured on the HBO DVD, and some other minor things, so be sure to keep both copies if you want all the extras. Enjoy and get ready for the summer! ...more info
- The Strength of this movie is in the Characters.
The combination of Bill Murray, Ivan Reitman, and Harold Ramis is well known among movie fans. "Ghostbusters", "Ghostbusters II", and "Stripes" are three well known movies among this combination that featured Murray's acting, Reitman's Directing, and Ramis' writing (as well as acting). However the movie that started it all for them was a low budget, but highly successful Canadian filmed comedy called "Meatballs". This movie basically tells the story of an Sleep-away Camp named Camp North Star and all of the hijinks involving both the Campers and the Counselors.
There are two main plots involving the story of Camp North Star. The first involves the Head Counselor Tripper Harrison's (played by Bill Murray) relationship with a Camper by the name of Rudy Gerner (played by Chris Makepeace). Rudy is ostracized by several of the other campers and finds a friend in Tripper. The two will grow and learn from each other as the summer progresses. The other main plot involves Camp North Star's rivalry with a High Class Elite Camp named Camp Mohawk. These two plots will actually converge when the two Camps meet in a two day Olympiad Competition at the end of the movie.
Revolving around the two main plots are several subplots, hijinks, pranks, and one liners. There are subplots that explore some of the romantic entanglements of the Counselors. The most interesting ones are: Tripper trying to rekindle a relationship with the Head Girls Counselor, Roxanne (played by Kate Lynch); A nerdy Camp Counselor named Spaz (played by Jack Blum) and a Female Jock named Jackie (played by Margot Pinvidic); Two blonde haired Counselors - Crockett (Played by Russ Banham and Candace (played by Sarah Torgov). There are also some interesting events that take place at the camp such as The Olympiad, An Overnight Campout by the Counselors, a Counselors Social a Basketball Camp with Camp Mohawk, and Parents Day. These events do a great job at helping to shape the movie.
However the real strength of this movie is in the characters. These are characters that you can easily relate to. The Counselors almost seem like people you'd hang out with when you were in your late teens. I also think the theme of the "underdog" that is prevalent throughout the movie helps in the audience being able to relate to these characters. Bill Murray is really the only name movie star in this film. Another character who has been seen is Harvey Atkin. Atkin plays Morty, the beleaguered Camp Director, who is victim to multiple pranks and hijinks throughout the movie - providing for some of the funniest moments in "Meatballs". Most people will probably remember Atkin from the TV Series "Cagney and Lacey" in which he played Desk Sergeant Ronald Coleman. Besides Tripper and Morty, the other stars (who aren't well known names do a tremendous job at building their characters throughout the movie. The characters that stand out include:
- Roxanne - the Headstrong Head Girls Counselor who is a great balance to the goofy Tripper
- Spaz - a complete geek, but as he gets a chance with a relationship with Jackie - you can't help but root for him to succeed.
- Larry a.k.a. "Fink" (played by Keith Knight) - the chubby Counselor who has some hilarious moments when his pants are run up the flagpole and when he beats "The Stomach" in the Olympiad Hot Dog Eating Contest;
- Hardware (played by Matt Craven) - the Counselor who is a whiz at "handyman" stuff - who when hooking up an air conditioner knocks all of the electricity out of Camp North Star.
- Rudy - The Kid who we all can relate to as. When Rudy runs the marathon in the last event of the big Olympiad, you can't help but root for him.
Also worh mentioning are Crockett, Candace, Jackie, Phil, A.L., Wendy, and Wheels.
The one liners are also a key to this film. There are plenty of times where you are going to want to stop the film and listen to the line again. Some of these highlights include:
- "Hi Mickey!" - what everyone says to Morty whenever Morty introduces himself.
- "An Air Conditioner just doesn't pick itself up and walk away" - Morty to Jackie and Tripper when he learns his air conditioner is missing.
- "I thought you said you had it Meat Ball" - Fink to Spaz while they are playing doubles tennis against Jackie and another girl
- "Spaz, You're on your Way" - Fink to Spaz after Spaz tells him he held Jackie's hand.
- "It just doesn't matter!" - Tripper's rally cry at Morty's Olympiad rally.
- "Spaz! Spaz! Spaz!" - What the North Star teams says to Spaz as he is in the Olympiad Stacking Contest.
- "Come on Morty! Make up your Mind" - Tripper to Morty when they are trying to decide whether Rudy should run the marathon.
The music is fun in this movie. Three great songs include David Naughton's "Makin' It", the Opening Song "Are You Ready for the Summer?", and Rick Dees' title song "Meatballs". They all fit in perfectly to the film.
Finally, the hijinks are also key to this movie. Some of these highlights include:
- "Operation Late Night Excitement" - on Morty!
- The hijaking of Morty's Air Conditioner
- The final play at the Camp Mohawk Basketball game
- Spaz and Fink eavesdropping under the Female Counselor's Cabin
I do think all of these factors added up to a real enjoyable film. Even 25 years later, I still enjoy this film as much as when it was in the theaters. There were several sequels that were made to this movie. I would call these sequels "loose sequels" at best. None capture any of the charm that made this movie up. One should note is there is some foul language and sexual references. But ultimately this is a very funny movie - highly recommended....more info
- Great Memory
The movie itself was much as I remembered. Fun, nothing groundbreaking. It was fun to see Bill Murray's comedy character in its formative stages, with a sweetness that rarely returned thereafter. Generally innocuous enough to watch with young kids, especially those to young to grasp the concept of voyeurism.
Extras were much above the norm. Very good memories, especially from Ivan Reitman and his production crew. Well worth the expense....more info
- Not the best, but a classic nonetheless
Bill Murray is basically this entire film. His character will make you laugh even if you are not a Bill Murray fan. He's as good as Caddyshack but with more screen time, but not as good as What About Bob.
Yes, it's also got a string of other more minor characters and the lead is shared by Chris Makepiece, whom everyone thought would become a star. But apparently after Mazes and Monsters he dropped off the face of the Earth. Chris' character was a little whiney which makes it difficult to root for him, but the underdog and rompy atmosphere of the second rate camp gets you rooting for everyone else.
With many oft quoted lines and several signature scenes such as Marty in a tree on his bed and Bill Murray leading the buses off on his motorbike, this is a must see movie. Personally, I put it on a must own list because I can watch it over and over, but some may not find the I'm a dufus but still get by humor as funny, therefore I give it a 4 out of 5....more info
- I can totally relate!
I disagree with the critics' opinions on this movie. Being a camp counselor myself, I can totally relate to Bill Murray and all of the CITs in this seventies summer camp flick. I thourougly enjoyed myself watching it and could see it over and over again....more info
- A true coming-of-age movie!
When I first saw this movie years ago, I used to work as an usher in the theatre it was playing in! I enjoyed it back then, and I still enjoy it now. Bill Murray and the supporting cast members are excellent. It is truly a funny, sensitive, and heart-warming movie....more info
- The Coolest
this movie rocks but i wish they would get the 2,3, and 4th ones...more info
- GREATEST CAMP FLICK OF ALL TIME
I remember watching this movie as a kid with my mom who, like me, adores Bill Murray. After viewing it repeatedly over the years, (and we all know how well kids retain useless information) I know almost every line. This movie is fun from the word go. I haven't seen a camp movie yet that can compare. The basketball game with Camp Mohawk is a great scene, although the scene in the parking lot with Murray as Tripper as "Jerry Aldini" is my favorite. And who can forget "It just doesn't matter! It just doesn't matter!" and "Spaz, Spaz, Spaz..."
C'mon Morty, make up your mind and buy this movie!...more info
- A Very Good Natured film
I remember summer camp very well, arriving there and hating it instantly,then as the days and weeks go by you get used to it and start to enjoy it. Meatballs is a perfect reflection of this, it's fun and Bill Murray never lets us down being the true comic genius, he talks to the campers on their level instead of talking down to them, he is basically a kid at heart himself. My favorite part was the summer olympics.Who can forget those at the end of camp? This movie never gets to out of hand, the scenes of competition are hilarious, the campers, though some are bratty, make a lot of people identify with them when they were young. I am not going to even acknowledge the following sequels they made to this film, Meatballs 2,3 and 4? Whatever, after the first one the rest became just a bunch of idiotic raunchy sophmoric teen flicks. If you want something a little more realistic and to just have a good time, this is the one worth watching....more info
- Mildly entertaining
An entertaining coming of age comedy, but not one of Murrays better movies and not one that I am anxious to see over again unlike the bulk of Murray films. After this film, Chaddyshack and Stripes, Bill Murray started his real climb into superstardom and this offering is recommended to hard core Murray fans and others that enjoy silly teenage summer movies....more info
- Miss movies like these
These comedies are great. Great and fun humor. Yes, there was some toliet humor mixed in, but its so tame by today standards you don't even raise an eyebrow when you hear it. Bill Murray is one of my favorite comedians. When I was younger I saw this movie and then every movie after when I saw Murray I would say "Hey, its the guy from Meatballs." Even to this day I when I see him I remember Meatballs.
I with this movie would get a better treatment with the DVD. Its one of the best comedies ever. Actually, its a family comedy that you can watch with any age group. The adults will get the minor sex jokes, and the teenagers will too, but enjoy the rest. Kids will enjoy the fun of Bill Murray father like figure to one of the kids.
This is a must see comedy....more info
- A true coming-of-age movie!
When I first saw this movie years ago, I used to work as an usher in the theatre it was playing in! I enjoyed it back then, and I still enjoy it now. Bill Murray and the supporting cast members are excellent. It is truly a funny, sensitive, and heart-warming movie....more info
- Bill Murray at his comic best
Mr. Keogh's review of Meatballs misses the point so painfuly, there's really no reason to take it seriously. This movie is full of innocent fun and anyone who ever went to summer camp (even day camp) will find something heartwarming and memory-triggering when they watch. While most of the jokes are low-brow, not one is disgusting or truly offensive. Reitman and Murray were in peak form in 1979-- talented, unself-conscious, and obviously having a good time making this film. Enjoy it!...more info
- Spaz, Spaz, Spaz, Spaz, Spaz, Spaz, Spaz, Spaz
This should be or perhaps it is a cult classic. This is one of my favorite older movies. Bill Murray while he's no super funny in Meatballs, his humor shines along with the cast of mostly non-stars. Harvey Atkins is the Camp Director Morty (Not Mickey!) Melnick who tries to keep order at Camp North Star while at the same time his counselors and counselors-in-training (CIT's for short) keep their hormones and hijinks in check. Naturally the leader of his counselors on the male side is Tripper Harris (Bill Murray) and on the female side you have Roxanne who Trip loves but the feeling isn't mutual. Throw in the fact that Morty/Mickey constantly finds himself waking up in unpleasant fashion. Whether it's high on a tree (including his side table with his alarm clock) or floating on a raft on a lake out in the middle of nowhere. But who is responsible?
Hijinks are plenty in this 70's classic. This leads up to the Camp Olympics between the very rich Camp Mohawk and the not-so-rich Camp North Star. Camp Mohawk always seem to beat there near neighbor, Camp North Star. Will they defeat North Star again? Will Trip win over Roxanne? WIll Morty/Mickey be able to sleep in peace?
The special addition adds director Ivan Reitman's commentary, the making of the movie Meatballs, and support for 5.1 audio. It's in widescreen format and the picture looks great, even for a 30 year old movie. It stars a very young Bill Murray, Chris Makepeace, Kate Lynch, Kristine DeBell, and Harvey Atkin. ...more info
- #1 Meatballs fans
Man, this dvd is awesome. What the hell are you talking about Leonard Maltin? We had a Meatballs club well past fifth grade. In fact, I've seen the VHS version an uncountable number of times. Once my friend and I watched the movie with no sound and were able to fill in all the voices and even some of the sound effects so I feel that I hold the same authority as my friend who doesn't even own a dvd player but he saw the dvd at my house. We believe that the dvd is true to the original film. The VHS version was altered without fan consent. Be grateful that we now have Ivan Reitman's unabridged vision. Meatballs is direct line into the happy part of the brain. Go buy the DVD and a player if you don't already own one. This movie alone justifies the purchase....more info
- Forget the critics on this one!
I loved this movie when it came out because it -- what other word can I use here? -- re-activated so many of the feelings I'd had as a camper and then counselor myself in Maine. It was a great time in my life. I'm buying it again, this time for our daughters, aged 10 and 7. I'm going to watch it with them!!...more info
- The Kids are Brats, the Food is Hideous!
No, it's not about fat guys at an Italian restaurant. It's a lovable, low-budget flick about summer camp, shot in Canada. The camp counselors have sex, but no slasher comes out of the lake to chop them up. Instead, Bill Murray takes Chris Makepeace (that kid from "My Bodyguard") under his wing and teaches him how to belch and talk at the same time, which brings the little guy out of his shell and makes him the most popular camper in Camp Northstar history.
There are some obligatory heart-string tugs, but mostly this is just amiable, low-brow fun for the whole family. You'll find yourself chanting "Spaz! Spaz! Spaz!" anytime you watch someone attempt something moderately difficult. Try it on a friend, or your spouse- it's fun!...more info
- Hardwares air conditioner
"You animal, what are you doing" "Hooking up our new air conditioner!" "An air conditioner, where'd you get it!" "Morty's office! He loves the heat!" "Are you guys, ready! Are you guys ready!" "Okay, in five seconds, I'm talking five, we are gonna have the coolest cabin in the camp! O.K. 5......4......3.....2.....1do it! Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaash!............................"Hardware." "Ya, crocket." "Your a prick!"---------------------------...more info
- Classic Murray
Bill Murray puts in a hilarious performance, reminiscent of Carl in Caddyshack, as a camp counsellor in this coming of age film. It takes place at a kids camp in Ontario and has all the ingrediants for hilarity, heartbreak, and friendship. There were many copies, but this was the original. If you haven't seen it I recommend you do....more info
- Funny THEN... not NOW
I was disappointed after buying this DVD. I remembered this film as being one of my favorites as a young man. Now, I can barely stay awake through this horrible movie. This is simply not funny. Period. The characters are grossly outdated and this alone makes it hard to sit through. Additionally, the audio was exceptionally poor for a DVD. My 9-year old son hated this film from start to finish. He was particularly disturbed by the "Wodney Wabbit" kid. This man-child was a bare to even look at. He was in need of a major fashion overhaul (at the very least a haircut). Run from this film... like a wabbit....more info
- Best Summer Camp Movie Ever
As a person who spent many of my summers at camp I found this movie to be excellent. It also doesn't hurt that this movie stars Bill Murray...one of my favorites. I've owned this movie on VHS for many years now and have watched it numerous times. I just bought the DVD and noticed that the actual song titled "Meatballs" (originally written and performed by Rick Dees) is different than it is on the VHS version. The DVD version is actually sung (or more like halfway spoken/rapped) by Bill Murray himself. There is also about ten seconds of footage added at the end of the cafeteria scene that isn't on the VHS. Not much, but to a fan of the movie it's kind of cool. I wish the DVD had more features on it (like deleted scenes), but none the less this is still probably the best camp movie you could ask for....more info
- meatballs-part 1
One of the best movies of it's time!Excellent soundtrack!...more info
- Shenanigans at summer camp???
This is easily the best of the summer camp movies. In fact, few of the others are even fair, let alone anywhere near as entertaining as this one is.
The film is just simply out to have some good, clean, fun. Many people who went to summer camp as kids will see that it is presented here faithfully to the way it usually was, but with slapstick comedy mixed in. Bill Murray, as the chief counselor of the camp, Tripper, leads a fine ensemble cast, and is usually at the center of the riotous nonsense. Tripper has great one-liners throughout, usually broadcasting his jokes as pseudo-announcements over the camp's public-address system.
Several great supporting actors played the campers and counselors to build a myriad of fun and interesting subplots, all the while sprinkled amongst the many incidents of camp hi-jinx. Spaz (Jack Blum) and Fink (Keith Knight) were two characters particularly well done. The adventures (and misadventures) of these two are hilarious. Each has classic lines, and they are characters you like and root for. Look for Spaz in the scene of disco dance pandemonium.
The girls in the story are realistic characters, too. They're not dumb, naive, freakish, oversexed, nervy, or any of the other overused, abominable teen character stereotypes. Kristine Bell, Kate Lynch, Cindy Girling, and others make these characters believable.
The requisite pranks abound, usually at the expense of camp director Morty (Harvey Atkin). The nature of these pranks start at outrageous and progress from there. However, with all the silliness going on, Tripper and the others have their serious sides. For example, Tripper befriends a shy, lonely kid, Rudy(Chris Makepeace), and takes him under his wing.
The story culminates with a sports competition against a rival camp. It's a great "root for the underdogs" finale. When the chips are down, Tripper's motivational "It just doesn't matter" spiel is inspired, and one of the best moments in the movie. And get ready to root: "Spaz. Spaz! Spaz!!!" And if you don't like it, you can get the Fu@k out......more info
- Are you ready for the summer?
Great summer camp 80's flick.
Bill Murray in a great role. (2nd only to Caddyshack)
Bill Murray is a pure laugh riot in Meat balls.
Add it to your collection now!
Nipsey Gives Meatballs 2 THUMBS UP and Camp Mowhawk 2 thumbs down!...more info
- COULD HAVE BEEN MORE OUTRAGEOUS BUT STILL GOOD
Meatballs is THE film that launched tons of camping and teen sex imitators....unlike all its imitators, you actually care about the characters in the movie. Despite its reputation, Meatballs is comparably tame to its imitators, and there it lies its strength. None of the characters are such caricatures that you can actually identify with some of them. ALthough I have admit that the sub plot concerning Chris Makepeace drags the momentum down...but it saved the movie from being a complete sexfest. And one more thing, Meatballs is probably the first movie in which guys are seen wearing briefs, opening the floodgate that guys can be half naked as well, not just the girls....more info
- The ultimate feel-good summer camp and late 1970's movie!
'Meatballs' is one of my all-time favorite films. I can watch it repeatedly and never grow bored with or get tired of it. It works successfully on several different levels. It has some truly memorable funny moments, a lot of them. It also has some touching, moving and poignant ones, as well. Anyone who has ever been to summer camp, just camping or been a kid, will find much to identify with and relate to. I really don't understand why so many well-known film critics "reviewed" this warm and wonderful family film so harshly. I always feel good and upbeat when the film's end credits roll to a close, although I am always sorry and a little bit sad when it is over. Anyone who is looking for an entertaining, enjoyable and bright family film won't be disappointed. Anyone who loves summer and has wonderful memories of summers gone-by will enjoy 'Meatballs'. It is about having a good time, making friends, memories, being a kid, growing-up and saying goodbye. It is very realistic, especially for anyone who has ever had a wonderful time and been left with bittersweet memories of the day it all ends and you have to say goodbye to good friends. It is a real pity that the so-called sleazy and cheaply-made sequels chose to start off in the gutter and go downhill from there. Start and stay with this wonderful family comedy film and avoid the would-be and in name-only sequels. You won't be sorry. These later, cheap rip-offs didn't have Bill Murray or anything else that made this film so wonderful and most fortunately, none of them can possibly do anything to give this fine film a bad name or reputation. It has lasted and stood the test of time and stands sturdily on it's own merits and truly towers over any subsequent films that have very misleadingly used the name 'Meatballs' in their titles. Bill Murray has never been better or more natural. He must have had a great time making this film. The supporting cast of young and mostly unknown Canadian actors and actresses are bright, warm and appealing. Chris Makepeace really shines as 'Rudy', the lonely outcast befriended by 'Tripper Harrison' (Bill Murray}. The on-location filming at Camp White Pine in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada, really adds a lot of realism and believability to the film, as well. The management and staff of the summer camp reportedly were worried at the time of filming that Bill Murray would be a disruptive, corruptive and bad-influence on it's real-life campers! Do yourself a favor and don't miss seeing this truly great comedy. It will also evoke wonderful memories for anyone who grew up in the late 1970's, as I did. It is like making a wonderful trip to the past, one you won't want to see come to an end. See this wonderful film, you truly won't be sorry. It is still every bit as fresh, funny, entertaining and uplifting as the day it was first released. Please see 'Meatballs'. It might even make you long for being a kid, going to summer camp or just camping and growing-up again. I can guarantee that it will at least make you laugh and feel good. It is really a very special film. Please don't miss out on any opportunities to see it!...more info
- sweet trip down memory lane, makes you yearn for summer camp
I recently had the opportunity to see this film again after 25 years. While I can't say that the film has aged as well as Caddyshack or Stripes, it does bring back some great memories of summer camp and the oddball characters I remember from those years. Yeah, it's fluff, but still brings back great memories of the late seventies when films could get away with being somewhat light in the plot. I don't know that I would recommend buying the DVD, but I can say it was a lot of fun to re-visit Tripper, Morty and Spaz and Rudy.
As a postscript, I should say that I was sad to learn that Keith Knight, the actor who played Fink in the film, recently died of brain cancer in August 2007. RIP Keith - we'll always remember you as someone who gave us a great time in this film. ...more info
- Spaz & Fink Rule!!!!!!!!
I can hardly call this a great film but it is entertaining. In my case I, at the time this film was released, was the same age as some of the junior campers in the film. For me watching this film brings back the memories of my camp years. While some of the pranks that takes place in this movie, like carrying the camp director out in his bed and leaving him on the side of a road, strung up in the trees or out on a lake, are a bit over the top some of the other pranks are not. When I went to camp the campers and counselors pulled similar stunts such as running underwear up the flag pole, canoe battles and boys raiding the girls cabin. As I grew older I realized these night raids to the girls cabin that I participated in were carefully orchestrated by the counselors so that we wouldn't find the girls in embarrassing situations but at the time I thought it was real and it was fun. That's what MEATBALLS (MB) is.
MB captures not only the scenic beauty of camp surroundings but the beauty of being young and carefree. MB gives a great example of pre-teens, teens and young adults living their summer with no concerns other than guys hooking up with girls and girls hooking up with guys and booth having as much fun as they can before they head back to junior high & high school and college. The opening title song that goes "Are you ready for the summer?...no more homework no more books, no more teachers dirty looks..." describes exactly how summer is viewed by school kids.
I personally enjoyed the two campers Spaz and Fink. What boy, nerd or jock, didn't spend all camp trying to cozy up to some pretty girl camper? What guy didn't want to be accepted by the other campers and counselors? While these two characters are somewhat over the top I bet everybody who watches the film can't help but to like these two guys. These two characters are a mix of Charlie Brown from PEANUTS and Jack Tripper & Larry Dallas from THREE'S COMPANY. I would bet that most viewers even cheer for Spaz in the egg carrying competition and for Fink as he attempts to "beat the stomach" in the hot dog eating contest.
Lastly, this movie had normal looking kids and counselors. No super models for counselors or campers that wore trendy clothing. It is fun to just kick back and watch this film and remember when life was as fun as this movie....more info
- Murray Shines
Meatballs is a comedy about a second rate summer camp that is made up of assorted losers, geeks and such. The movie concludes with an oympics against the rival camp that is a state of the art facility made up of rich and privileged kids. The movie brings out all the classic cliches, sex jokes and David vs. Goliath situations. The movie gets away with this due to its charm. The characters are all likeable and seem like real kids. This was Bill Murray's first movie and he shines in the film. He plays Tripper the head counselor at the camp and the movie's opening scene which has him addressing the camp counselors over the P.A. system is classic Murray. He more or less carries the movie and his just doesn't matter rant at the end of the film has become semi-famous. Meatballs isn't the finest moment of Mr. Murray's career, but it definitely shows he had the goods to be a major comedic film star....more info
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