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Heavy Weights (1995)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  17 February 1995 (USA)
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Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.

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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 Todd Baldridge

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They never met a hot dog they didn't like... until now. See more »

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Rated PG for some rude language and pranks | See all certifications »

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17 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heavyweights  »

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$17,689,177 (USA)
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On the Blu-Ray commentary, Judd Apatow states that he once ran into Paul Thomas Anderson, and he told Judd that Heavyweights is a film he loves. See more »

Goofs

The position of one of the campers that Lars pushes into the water before running over to Julie; when the camper is pushed, he tips over, but in the next shot, he can be seen falling upright into the water. See more »

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Roy: Josh. Somebody gonna die today.
Josh: Call 911.
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References Rocky III (1982) See more »

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YOU SEXY THING
Written by Errol Brown
Performed by Hot Chocolate
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, A Division of ERG
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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5 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Gerry Garner along with other chubby kids are sent to Camp Hope, a fat camp. The camp was owned by the kindly Bushkins but they went bankrupt. The camp is taken over by motivational wildman Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller) intend on making them skinnier to promote himself. Lars is his militaristic henchman. Tim (Paul Feig) and Pat Finley (Tom McGowan) are the gentle counselor holdovers from before. Julie (Leah Lail) is the pretty nurse. The kids has to battle Tony as they prepare for the Apache Relay against Camp MVP's jocks.

Written by Judd Apatow and Steven Brill, this is a showcase for Ben Stiller to do a crazy character. He's working out stuff to be used in later characters and has some funny moments. The adult actors are OK but the kids are mostly duds. The supposed lead kid is weak. I think that's the main problem. I like the kids but they're not funny. Shaun Weiss and Kenan Thompson are the best of the kids. The jokes are just not there. There is an interesting idea of making fun of fat camp. The directions from Brill is limited.


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