11-year-old Gerald "Gerry" Garner lives in Long Island, New York, and he's overweight. Gerry's parents Maury and Mrs. Garner decide to send Gerry to Camp Hope, a camp for overweight boys. The camp is owned by kindly Harvey Bushkin and his equally kind wife Alice Bushkin. When the Bushkins file for bankruptcy the camp has to be sold, it is bought by a wacko named Tony Perkis. Tony plans to force the campers to lose as much weight as they can, and he also intends to document the marathon shedding of weight and use it for an infomercial for his slenderizing program. In the eyes of the campers, Tony has made Camp Hope a living hell. As Gerry and counselor Pat Finley lead the efforts to overthrow Tony, the campers prepare for the Apache Relay against arch rival Camp MVP. The Apache Relay is a kind of race in which Camp Hope has never defeated Camp MVP before. Written by
They don't run the fastest. They don't jump the highest. But they sure are getting the last laugh.
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in 2012, during a PBS telethon, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara spoke to the camera, side by side, just like in the Camp Hope promotional video. And the same music that played in the Camp Hope promotional video played in the background. See more
Tony offers Nicholas a "chocolate kiss" to lure him closer to his cage. The boys had only just been through their all-night food and candy orgy. It's highly unlikely that Nicholas would be tempted by a little piece of chocolate, given he's been able to have whatever he wants to eat for days now. See more
It's a fat camp! Are you crazy? No way! I'm not going to camp with a bunch of fat loads!
Now that's not kind, Gerry.
We're doing this for your own good. We gatta nip this thing in the bud.
I'm fine. This is a joke right? You're fatter than I am why don't you go to fat camp.
You show your father some respect.
First I think we should have a little pow-wow, and then we will call you with our decision.
I'll give you my decision right now. I'm not going.
[Cut to a jetliner taking off
Referenced in Starsky & Hutch
CAMP HOPE CONCERTO
Written and Produced by Paul Feig
Performed by Paul Feig
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