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Heavy Weights (1995)

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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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Steven Brill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Goldman David Goldman ... Nicholas
Joseph Wayne Miller Joseph Wayne Miller ... Sam
Cody Burger Cody Burger ... Cody
Allen Covert ... Kenny
Tim Blake Nelson ... Roger Johnson
Nancy Ringham Nancy Ringham ... Mrs. Maury Garner
Seth St. Laurent Seth St. Laurent ... Camp MVP Racer
Bobby Fain Bobby Fain ... Camp MVP Pitcher
Tom McGowan ... Pat Finley
Aaron Schwartz ... Gerald 'Gerry' Garner
Shaun Weiss ... Josh Burnbalm
Tom Hodges Tom Hodges ... Lars
Leah Lail ... Julie
Paul Feig ... Tim
Kenan Thompson ... Roy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heavyweights See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,689,177
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As part of his first date with his eventual wife, Judd Apatow tried to impress Leslie Mann by showing her this film. See more »

Goofs

When the campers get on the bus from the plane, a cameraman is reflected in the bus door. See more »

Quotes

Tony Perkis: Come 'ere, you devil log!
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.10 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

LOVE MACHINE
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Performed by The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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An unparalleled cinematic masterpiece
13 April 2006 | by niftyjimSee all my reviews

Continuing in the tradition of classic films such as 'The Godfather' and 'Apocalypse Now', director Steven Brill has added his name to the short list of truly great directors with his sweeping masterpiece 'Heavy Weights'. In arguably his finest performance to date, Aaron Schwartz plays Jerry Garner, a young man who is forced to attend a summer camp against his will. Upon arriving at the camp, Jerry is befriended by Roy (Kenan Thompson) and Josh (Shaun Weiss). Together they challenge the the tyrannic rule of manic camp counselor Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller) while overcoming their own personal insecurities to have the best summer of their lives. Thompson and Weiss both deliver Oscar-worthy performances, and Ben Still is at his best as the fitness-crazed camp counselor who must whip the campers into shape. Brill is truly at his best here, weaving an intricate tale full of mystery, suspense and deception, while capturing the essence of the human spirit and the hope and perseverance of children. This is a must have for any true fan of film.


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