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 don't run the fastest. They don't jump the highest. But they sure are getting the last laugh. See more »

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

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$17,689,177 (USA)
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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 »

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When Josh is shaving the red balloon, you can see the entire crew in the reflection. See more »

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Lars: [singing] I was not scared of that big deer.
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Spoofs Platoon (1986) See more »

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CLOSER TO FREE
Written by Sammy Llanas (as Sam Llanas) & Kurt Neumann
Performed by BoDeans
Courtesy of Slash Records/Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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fun movie
17 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Camp Hope is a summer camp for fat kids, all of the kids at Camp Hope have a weight problem. It is the one place they can go without feeling different. But when the previous owners declare bankruptcy, the camp is purchased by an obnoxious fitness freak Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller) who becomes obsessed with changing his chubby charges into budding body builders. He immediately begins serving them low calorie foods and subjecting them to rigorous exercises (ex. 20 mile hike). Part of his motivation is greed and he is in the process of writing a book, and filming an infomercial on weight loss. The boys at camp rebel the "Perkis System" and mayhem ensues. I liked Heavyweights it was pretty funny for a Disney film. Ben Stiller is hilarious as the freak Tony Perkis one of his better roles in my opinion.


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