This is one of the most disgusting and stupid films I've ever seen - the jokes were so lame really, do people still laugh at fart jokes?! Should have listened to Ben, kiddies. Its the sort of movie that makes you pray for a forest fire, or for Jason Voorhees to show up and put a stop to this nonsense. I have watched it 1192 times. In fact I may have gotten bigger laughs this time around. But quickly, the owners go bankrupt and oily fitness guru Ben Stiller as Tony Perkis takes over management. He's much better as a maniacal villain than the repetitive, unfunny characters he's been playing ever since. Heavyweights is a very entertaining family comedy that will leave you laughing even while the credits are rolling.
There cannot be a movie about fat camp without the stealing of food. It was a way for kids to get away for a few months every summer. It was a chance to be on your own away from parents anyway , visit a place that you would otherwise never see, have what may be the most important experiences of your childhood, and make friends that you would truly never forget. The main actor was nice and polite with them the whole movie, yet, he was supposed to be the bad guy. He is the counselor of the Chipmunk bunk which is where Gerry and his friends sleep , and he has a plethora of memorable quotes from the movie, made no less awesome due to his hilarious accent. Shaun Weiss as Josh Birnbaum Josh is essentially the ringleader when it comes to the Chipmunk bunk. I quit my job and collect social security to support my habit,as well as stuffing envelopes during the rewind phase.
I laughed only because I can't believe that someone read the script and said yes. Synopsis Camp Hope is a summer camp for fat kids; it is also the locale of this Disney family comedy. Recently I was in the video store and came across a copy of it for sale. I don't know how on god's green earth I originally watched this film! I don't know how you can't absolutely love this movie. The children are pouting way to much about dieting and exercise?? Besides Ben, Kenan Thompson is the only other actor in this who went on to become somewhat of a star, which is suprising because all the kids give great performances. I accept and support the observations that Brill shares with the audience; after all, it could work wonders for the self-esteem of those both old and young who are sensitive about their shape. But Stiller and McGowan are great, and the kids do a pretty admirable too.
The cast reflect the material and is full of broad in all senses characters who are very much cookie-cutter in their development and really don't do much more than basic pratfalls and so on there are no real people here and the performances are average. Stiller snr does his usual stuff but is given far too little time to make an impression while Jeffrey Tambor was a surprise find. Characters such as Tony's hysterical right-hand European man Lars, however, were way ahead of their time. Fortunately, a kindly couple, the Bushkins Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara , run the camp and make the process fun and relaxed. Well, I'm going to go achieve 1193! With the Disney logo and the afternoon slot on television, I was ready for a rather childish tone to the film and I accepted it from the start.
What a shame, then, that Brill didn't seem to realise this, as Perkis's often-uproarious descent into insanity is pushed to the backburner of the film far too many times. In the mid-'90s, Judd wasn't really on anyone's radar yet. Some of the humor is dated, very 90's-specific. The directions from Brill is limited. These days we know him as a successful director who loves to work with Melissa McCarthy. If you're a dried up 60 year old prune reminiscing about the good old days of black and white cinema when you could see a film + popcorn for a shilling and sixpence, you'll hate it. That's the only ending that could have improved this movie: mass slaughter, starting with the writers.
Takes this potential and goes in completely the wrong direction, slapping a un funny face onto a very important issue. This is just downright unfair. Neurotic yet calm, unbelievable yet authentic, subtle and yet clearly in-your-face, Stiller is still churning out hit after hit. Gerry eventually admits that he is indeed attending the camp, and the pair share a few laughs. Post- Mighty Ducks, his most memorable role is Vanya on Gossip Girl, the husband of Blair Waldorf's maid Dorota. At first everyone just stands around. The cast are par for the course although the presence of Ben Stiller does help although again he could have been so much better.
But when the previous owners declare bankruptcy, the camp is purchased by an obnoxious fitness freak who becomes obsessed with changing his chubby charges into budding body builders. However only a few days into the camp, the long-time owners are forced to sell to fitness freak and would-be guru Tony Perkis. He loves to embarrass his poor campers. After that, he had a string of success like Meet The Parents, Zoolander thought it wasn't a box office hit, it's become a cult film , Madagascar, Night at the Museum, and more. I do not understand why this film has a 5. There's no need to watch something as stupid as this when there are so many good movies out there. Overall a fairly standard film from Disney aimed at the older, pre-teen end of the kiddie market.
Kenan achieved large amounts of success as a kid, not only from Heavyweights, but also from appearing The Mighty Ducks film series, as well as a handful of Nickelodeon shows including Kenan and Kel and All That. I wondered if the film would hold up after all these years. Together with his new friends including Kenan Thompson and Shaun Weiss and the camp's original staff including Tom McGowan and Leah Lail , Gerry must stop Tony's brutal regime, and take back the camp at all costs. It is the one place they can go without feeling different. Average stuff for pre-teens then but not without some value as amusing filler.
Well, imprisonment and torture are great solutions. All I see is a man who wanted to help some lazy stupid kids, who will end up as losers in life, if they keep living that way. His parents make young Schwartz go anyway, hoping the experience will make him thinner. The kids are all so-so and suit the material while the adults pretty much do the same stuff. Shortly after playing the super fit, totally psycho Tony Perkins, Ben Stiller hit it big with his film There's Something About Mary. Although we loved her as an actress, she eventually decided to give up that life, becoming a real estate agent in Beverly Hills. Ben Stiller steals the show with probably his best comedy ever as a physco entrepenuer taking over a fat camp.
It's really too bad that summer camps aren't as prevalent in today's society as they used to be. Ben Stiller now To say that this guy managed to have a successful career in Hollywood is a massive understatement. The film is great, I don't need to write another review of the synopsis as there are so many below, but if you have any sense of humour at all you'll like this movie. He is considered to be one of the funniest comedic actors of his time, and is responsible for the hilarity behind films such as Dodgeball, Zoolander, Along Came Polly, and many more. The supposed sadistic torturer Ben Stiller, good in his part is never taken seriously, the story moves on clumsily and without an order.