Heavyweights

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Released 1995

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Director:
Steven Brill
Released:
1995
Rating:
PG
Heavyweights is a 1995 comedy directed by Steven Brill and produced by Judd Apatow. School has let out for summer and Gerry (Aaron Schwartz), an overweight child, is sent by his parents to a specialized weight loss camp for boys named Camp Hope. Although initially fearful of camp life, Gerry quickly makes friends and realizes that spending time at the camp is not so bad afterall. In fact, he has a really fun time. Unfortunately for Gerry and the other campers, there are problems brewing at Camp Hope. The camp's original owners, Harvey (Jerry Stiller) and Alice Bushkin (Anne Meara), have gone into bankruptcy and end up losing control of the camp. Fitness entrepreneur and wannabe guru Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller) takes over the camp. Perkis is a total psychopath and the boys with tremendous cruelty as he attempts to force them to lose weight. The boys at Camp Hope must come together as one to battle against Perkis and his unfair treatment.moreless
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  • A great Kids film

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    This is a great movie that teaches us we can't be forced to lose weight but should have fun doing it. Tony Perkis is a great villain trying to do the opposite. He harbors a hatred for fat people and is trying to force the kids to lose weight through humiliation and torture and only wants them to lose weight for his own personal gain.

    The kids then rebel and start binge eating after imprisoning Tony. However Pat, a camp counselor, then teaches the kids they need to start being responsible and not only starts making the camp fun, but makes weight loss fun for the kids.

    When Pat takes over after Tony is defeated, the kids are able to defeat the rival camp, Camp MVP. While MVP dominated the obstacle course, they slow down when it came to the mental challenges such as saving balloons and answering tough questions allowing Camp Hope to catch up and use their skills and intelligences to ultimately win, proving that while weight loss is important, fitness isn't everything. Overall, this is a great family movie and I would strongly recommend it.moreless

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Family Dramas, Slapstick, Family Comedies, 90s