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“It’s a fat camp! Are you kidding?”
School's out for summer and, for some kids, that means camp. Gerry (Aaron Schwartz) is 11 years old (and unaccountably in high school) and his parents are sending him to Camp Hope. The pathetic promo video starts off weak, but the promise of a big bouncy thing in the middle of a lake and go-cart races are intriguing. Then he sees the campers—they’re fat. It’s a fat camp. Gerry ain’t interested but his father (Jeffrey Tambor), who is clearly a bit ashamed of his son’s weight, makes him go. Things start off fine. He meets a few veteran campers like Roy (Kenan Thompson) and Josh (Shaun Weiss) as well as camp counselors Pat (Tom McGowan) and Tim (Paul Feig) and they’re all pretty cool and provide a safe, no-bullying summer. But when the Bushkins (Jerry Stiller and »
- Jason Ratigan
Ben Stiller may be able to throw his weight around in Hollywood now, but in 1995, he was just embarking on his Hollywood career.
The new cover art for the Dec. 11 Blu-ray re-release of the mid-90s classic kid comedy "Heavyweights," however, would lead you to believe otherwise.
Stiller played a bit part in the movie: Tony Perkins, the militaristic fitness instructor who runs the Camp Hope summer weight loss program the film's young (and hefty) stars attend. He doesn't even make the first page of the movie's credited stars on IMDb!
The new case art for "Heavyweights" might as well change the title to "Ben Stiller Presents... Heavyweights," for all that Stiller's mug is enlarged and prominently placed. The thumbs up is his endorsement! Thirty-year-old Ben Stiller wants to share this movie, released just three years after his (uncredited) star turn as "pie thrower" in "The Nutt House," with you, »
- Kase Wickman
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! Who wants a free DVD of one of this week’s new releases? As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Story of Film: An Odyssey There have been many documentaries about movies, but all of them can pretty much give up and go home now. This British production was six years in the making, filmed across four continents, covers eleven decades and nearly one thousand films in its quest to offer as complete as possible a look at and into the world of cinema. Film historian Mark Cousins begins his journey in the late 1800s and through fifteen hour-long episodes explores the innovators and the ways they helped the art form grow and transform into the films we have today. Filled with film clips, anecdotes, interviews and a deep knowledge of film history, this is a fascinating look at all aspects »
- Rob Hunter
If you were a kid who grew up during the '90s, chances are you were probably watching either MTV or Nickelodeon to get your fix of entertainment for the day. And if you watched Nickelodeon, you were probably a fan of “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” the oddball series featuring two brothers both named Pete and their sometimes surreal adventures growing up in the suburb of Wellsville. Created by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi -- who were working in the promo department at the still-fledgling network -- 'Pete & Pete' had begun as a series of shorts in 1989 before becoming a regular series several years later. But this wasn’t just any kids program. Not only did it feature an 8-year-old with a tattoo of a topless mermaid named Petunia and a personal superhero wildly gesticulating in skin tight pants but featured recurring guest stars, including Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, »
- Cory Everett
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