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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Did You Know?
There was a scene where Tony takes a bow and arrow (can be seen to the upper left corner when he collides into the wall) and aims for the kids and Gerry's dad, but Disney cut the scene. This scene is available in the deleted scenes on the Heavyweights Blu-Ray version. See more
When Josh is shaving the red balloon, you can see the entire crew in the reflection. See more
I was not scared of that big deer.
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Written by Sammy Llanas
(as Sam Llanas) & Kurt Neumann
Performed by BoDeans
Courtesy of Slash Records/Reprise Records
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