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BTDesign Award
Meatballs (1979)

Cast: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham, Kristine DeBell, Chris Makepeace

Director(s): Ivan Reitman

Language: English

Genre: Comedy


Bill Murray stars as Tripper, the nutty leader (and trainer) of a motley crew of camp counselors. But Tripper proves to be more than just a wild and wacky leader, as he takes a special interest in Rudy, an insecure camper. Thought for the day: "It Just Doesn't Matter!" Directed by Ivan Reitman, who went on to helm such hits as TWINS and GHOSTBUSTERS.


motleymitch wrote on January 23, 2008, 9:21 pm
Saw it once as a kid and didn't remember a thing. Just rewatched, and wow, it's pretty tame. It's just all kinda dull and INoffensive, not what you'd expect from a teen camp comedy. Murray has some good one-liners, but this film is totally G-rated. The worst of it is some counsellors getting their pants pulled down (underwear is left on). It centers around Murray taking a kid who doesn't feel like he fits in under his wing, and making him feel good about himself by the end of camp.
No food fights, no panty raids, no hockey-masked killers....just some lame practical jokes, some slapstick, and a nerdy guy named Spaz with the proverbial tape around his glasses. It winds up with a 'believe in yourself' message and an air of wimpiness, so it's not bad or annoying, just passively after-school-special.
And although I personally hated going to summer camp, there were some nice nostalgic touches like the pants up the flagpole, the cheers and chants in the mess hall by kids and counsellors, and the always fun last-kid-to-touch-his-nose-has-to-stack-the-dishes game. So I smiled a few times. Imagine a lame kids' movie like 'Bad News Bears' or 'Herbie' or something of that ilk....now imagine it's at summer camp and Canadian. That's this film.
Deril wrote on January 24, 2008, 10:57 am
You're being too kind to this movie. It was pretty lame. not even ONE nipple..nothing !

I found it hard to sit through as it was VERY after school special.

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