HEAVYWEIGHTS (Theatrical Release USA 1995)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Stars ììì

not particularly heavy in content—turns into a ‘just for fun’ film, an afternoon, fill-in-some-time watch.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Overweight Gerry Garner’s (Aaron Schwartz) parents sign him up for a weight reducing summer camp. Gerry Garner—not in the least interested—arrives in camp, makes friends, and begins to settle in for a great summer. However, his great summer is rudely interrupted when the camp goes bankrupt and the owners sell to Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller), a hard rolling, goal oriented, military-styled manager who takes the camp to a whole new level of efficiency. Tony Perkis’ punitive, marshaling style moves the camp kids to revolt and the show is on with a ‘who’s really going to run this camp’ theme.

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Director Steven Brill. Thank you to Executive Producers Judd Apatow and Sarah Bowman for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Nicholas (David Goldman), Sam (Joseph Wayne Miller), Cody (Cody Burger), Kenny (Allen Covert), Roger Johnson (Tim Blake Nelson), Mrs. Maury Garner (Nancy Ringham), Camp MVP Pitcher (Bobby Fain), Pat Finley (Tom McGowan), Josh Burnbalm (Shaun Weiss), and Lars (Tom Hodges).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s a ‘kill some time’ watch with no ‘take away’ perks other than seeing Ben Stiller’s artistic side working full throttle while he works to enhance his role as an athletic instructor.

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