Meatballs

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Released 1979

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Director:
Ivan Reitman
Released:
1979
Rating:
PG

Meatballs is a surprisingly sweet and sentimental comedy released in 1979 that boasts the original film pairing of Bill Murray and director Ivan Reitman, who went on to work together in a number of comic blockbusters. It is also the movie debut of both SNL comedian Murray and his young Meatballs co-star. Rudy Gerner (Chris Makepeace) is an isolated and morose camper befriended by goofy counselor-in-chief Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray). While a bond develops between this odd pair, a romance blooms between Tripper and fellow counselor Roxanne (Kate Lynch). As long-suffering director of the low-budget Camp North Star, Morty (Harvey Atkin) falls prey to a series of pranks. An ongoing battle with upper-crust Camp Mohawk provides Meatballs with a plot conflict and a make or break chance for lonely camper Rudy to finally earn a place among his camp mates. Meatballs spawned a number of sequels, but none match the original; the film deserves a viewing as a cut above the typical summer camp plot buffoonery.

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Metacritic Score

  • 88

    The Associated Press

    It's all there -- the lighthearted summer romances, the intercamp rivalry with the rich kids across the lake and, of course, the nonstop practical jokes. If one or two fall flat, s...

  • 70

    IGN

    It lacks guidance or any real momentum. When Bill Murray isn't on screen, the air is sucked out of the picture, leaving audiences anxiously waiting for his next scene.

  • 50

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    For most of the movie, Murray desperately throws in schtick after schtick to try to keep the film afloat (Meatballs doesn't deserve him, and he certainly doesn't deserve it), but w...

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Comedy

Themes

Adult, Slapstick