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Meatballs Part II (1984)

PG | | Comedy | 27 July 1984 (USA)
Second in the series of Meatball movies. A group of kids attempt to save a summer camp that's a financial failure.

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Cast

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Coach Giddy
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Col. Bat Jack Hershey
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Armand 'Flash' Carducci
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Cheryl
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Jamie / Voice of Meathead
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Fanny
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Eddie
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Nancy
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Lt. Felix Foxglove
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Albert / Hara Krishna
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Steve
David Hollander ...
Tommy 'Wheelchair' McVee
Scott Nemes ...
Butterball
Chad Sheets ...
Ted
Paul Stout ...
Larry
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The first in-name-only sequel to the first Meatballs summer camp movie sets us at Camp Sasquash where the owner Giddy tries to keep his camp open after it's threatened with foreclosure after Hershey, the militant owner of Camp Patton located just across the lake, wants to buy the entire lake to expand Camp Patton. Giddy suggests settling the issue with the traditional end-of-the-summer boxing match over rights to the lake. Meanwhile, a tough, inner city punk, nicknamed Flash, is at Camp Sasquash for community service as a counselor-in-training where he sets his sights on the naive and intellectual Cheryl, while Flash's young charges befriend an alien, whom they name Meathead, also staying at the camp for the summer. Fresh Face Jeremy O. arrives to Camp Sasquash after his car broke down and he stumbles upon the mess hall. Jeremy O provides Flash and Meathead with encouragement and indepth analytics to counter all of Hershey's diabolical intent. Written by Matthew Patay

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Opening Weekend:

$2,515,268 (USA) (29 July 1984)

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$5,410,972 (USA)
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Trivia

The horror film that the kids watch is Shock Waves (1977), also directed by Ken Wiederhorn. See more »

Quotes

Jamie: Albert, when you were born were your parents expecting children?
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Connections

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Soundtracks

We've Been Waiting for the Summer
Music by Ken Harrison
Lyrics by Hermine Hilton
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3 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first "Meatballs" had Bill Murray, Chris Makepeace, a lot of laughs and no alien subplot.

"Meatballs II" has Richard Mulligan, Paul (Pee-Wee Herman) Ruebens, Hamilton Camp, Archie Hahn, John Larroquette, a few laughs and an alien subplot.

By the time "Meatballs II" came out, there had already been so many ripoffs of "Meatballs" that this just paled liberally by comparison (TIDBIT - this in fact was a "Meatballs" ripoff originally, until the rights were grabbed up and it was released instead as "Meatballs II". Who says there aren't any new ideas in Hollywood?).

In spite of the mountain of talent in "Meatballs II", there is little in the way of actual humor. Instead, you have a hyperventilating Richard Mulligan, an off-center Paul Reubens playing in Pee-Wee mode, a screaming Hamilton Camp, a horny Archie Hahn, a lisping John Laroquette, and your usual plethora of horny teens, junior class military cadets, brain-dead boxers, and pot-smoking aliens who ask why camp counselors are such dorks.

There's the major laughs; do with them what you will. And whatever you do with these laughs, it's more than what "Meatballs II" could ever do with them.

Two and a half stars. Maybe there's just something about Pee-Wee Herman. Or John Larroquette. Or Richard Mulligan....


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