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Heavyweights (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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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 ... 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 never met a hot dog they didn't like... until now. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,062,857, 20 February 1995

Gross USA:

$17,689,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,689,177
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Aaron Schwartz, Shaun Weiss, and Kenan Thompson all starred in at least one of the Mighty Duck movies. Schwartz in the first as Karp, Thompson in D2 and D3 as Russ Tyler, and Weiss in all three as Goldberg. See more »

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The Bushkins would not have filed For Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Chapter 9 is for municipalities. See more »

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Tony Perkis: Attention campers the topic for tonight's discussion is, "Liposuction: Option or Obsession."
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Spoofs Platoon (1986) See more »

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SET THE WHEELS IN MOTION
Written by Barbara Keith
Performed by The Coyotes
Courtesy of Mohawk Trail Music
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Not the best, but it's saved by the great actors.
31 March 2005 | by Chromium_5See all my reviews

I just caught this on TBS last night, and I was interested in how I would like it this time, since I remember my friends and I were laughing our heads off when we watched it in 6th grade. Well, apparently I've matured or something, because it wasn't all that funny. However, it still is an enjoyable movie, if only because the actors are having such a good time with their roles.

I've never cared too much for Ben Stiller, but I have to admit he is hilarious here. He's much better as a maniacal villain than the repetitive, unfunny characters he's been playing ever since. And Tom McGowan, while not particularly funny, has an aura of charm that makes him instantly likable. He's a talented actor, and it's a shame he hasn't been in more movies.

The kids are good, too, especially Kenan Thompson (who is impossible not to like no matter WHAT movie he's in) and Shaun Weiss. The movie itself consists a bunch of silly fat jokes and slapstick, and some rather shady morals, but with such a great, eager cast, you really can't complain about it. All in all, it's a fun movie that anyone can enjoy.


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