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.
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?
Heavyweights was filmed over the course of two months in North Carolina at Camp Pinnacle. Filming started on March 28, 1994 and finished on May 25, 1994. See more
At the end of the movie when Gerry uses the propeller in the back of the go-kart to jump over the other go-kart, you can see that the propeller is clearly not spinning. See more
Attention campers. Lunch has been cancelled due to lack of hustle. Deal with it.
Referenced in Studio C: Episode #9.1
CLOSER TO FREE
Written by Sammy Llanas
(as Sam Llanas) & Kurt Neumann
Performed by BoDeans
Courtesy of Slash Records/Reprise Records
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