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?
While filming the scene where the kids have a party after locking up Tony Perkis and restoring the camp back to the way it was, Aaron Schwartz (Gerry) injured his arm. His cast had to be hid in scenes featuring him. See more
When Pat and Gerry are talking by the bus in the beginning, you can see reflections of the cameraman behind them in the bus. But when they turn around and show them, they are all kids. See more
Did you talk to child services?
Yeah, they said they'd like to come out and investigate but they can't come for two weeks.
That's too long. Tim, what did your lawyer say?
No hard evidence.
Hard evidence? Tony's hard evidence, just look at the guy!
It's what the lawyer said.
I WANT CANDY
Written by Bert Berns
(as Bert Berns), Bob Feldman
, Richard Gottehrer
, and Jerry Goldstein
(as Gerry Goldstein)
Performed by Bow Wow Wow
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