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Meatballs (1979)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  29 June 1979 (USA)
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Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

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Summer Camp highjinks centered around a camp counselor with a wacky sense of humor. He tries to help the campers have a good time. One camper named Rudy poses a particular challenge as he has a self-esteem problem Written by Robert Svacha <chisox@azstarnet.com>

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Every summer the cream of America's youth goes to summer camp - and the rest go to Camp Northstar. See more »

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29 June 1979 (USA)  »

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CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)

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$43,000,000 (USA)
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Some movie posters for Meatballs featured this lengthy tagline: "The Summer Camp That Makes You Untrustworthy, Disloyal, Unhelpful, Unfriendly, Discourteous, Unkind, Disobedient, and Very Hilarious". (This is a reverse of much of the "Scout Law" from the Boy Scouts of America: "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.") See more »

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Are You Ready for the Summer?
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This is one of my all-time favorite films
21 January 2002 | by (Bradford, England) – See all my reviews

'Meatballs' is a nice and surprisingly, bittersweet film. It remains every bit as fresh, funny and entertaining as the day it was first released. Forget the sleazy in-name only "sequels". This is the one-and-only, the original. It is a very good-natured and uplifting film. It makes and leaves you feeling good, but a little bit sad when it is over. It perfectly captures the experiences of being a kid, summer camp, camping and growing-up. It also captures just as well the memories made by making friends and having a good time and the pain of having to say goodbye. There are many memorably funny moments and even some touching ones, as well. It is unthinkable how anyone could not like this film or give it bad reviews. Having grown-up in the late 1970's, it is a nice trip to the past and fond memories of summers gone-by. I highly recommend this warm, charming and upbeat film. Don't miss it!


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