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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    Adult, Slapstick