Heavyweights (1995)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Family

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Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.




  • Demonstrating that his PerkiSystem total fitness program builds strong bodies, health nut Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller, supine) proves his point on a bed of nails as the awestruck campers witness Lars (Tom Hodges, center) smashing a block of ice on Tony's brick-hard stomach.
  • Aaron Schwartz in Heavyweights (1995)
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  • Brawn is no match for brains when Gerry (Aaron Schwartz, left) and Roy (Kenan Thompson, right) take control of the camp and use their clever wits to retaliate against the bully counselors including Lars (Tom Hodges, center), who have made their summer unbearable.

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23 July 2004 | HATED_IT
| A classic that delivers laughs as big as the kids stomachs!
Heavyweights is the story of a group of kids who with the help of their counselor go on a mission to take back their fat camp from a crazy man who has never interacted with kids before (played by Ben Stiller) who is intend on making it into a money making informercial.

I first saw this as a child, and absolutely loved it. I must have watched it again on at least 5 other occassions. Recently I was in the video store and came across a copy of it for sale. After convincing my friend to buy it , we went back to his house and popped it into the VCR. I wondered if the film would hold up after all these years. Did it? Absolutely! In fact I may have gotten bigger laughs this time around.

I do not understand why this film has a 5.1 rating, after reminding this movie to my friends they all recalled loving it, and everyone I recently watched it with loved it. Ben Stiller's character is hillarious, and the rest of the cast is great. 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. Tom Mcgowan, the man who plays Pat, seemed to be chosen for the role because Chris Farley passed on it, and John Candy died, but he gives a great performance.

I know it sounds cliche, but Heavyweights is truly one of the few movies that people of all ages will love.


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