Reitman and Ramis would also grow in to their own as comedy craftsmen and the seeds of their future success are definitely felt here as well. Though a bit unpolished and broader than future laughers STRIPES or CADDYSHACK, MEATBALLS does have some memorable characters and moments, from Murrayís hysterically random camp announcements to some of the prerequisite camp hijinx. Itís predictable stuff, but entertaining nonetheless.
Thereís a lot of characters in the movie, so MEATBALLS does suffer a little from an overload of people you barely get to know (and take away from Murrayís screentime). Itís also a little strange that the movie is more about the counselors than it is the campers. Even when there are sports events or camp competitions, itís always between the adults and not the kids. In fact, the only camper that even really gets any lines is MY BODYGUARD star Chris Makepeace, who plays the shy loner kid that Bill Murray brings out of his shell. This plotline is sweet, but unfortunately leads to one too many stretches without laughter.
The Making Of featurette from the previous DVD release is inexplicably NOT included here.
Extra Tidbit: MEATBALLS III has nothing to do with MEATBALLS, but does follow a dead porn star helping a young Patrick Dempsey lose his virginity so she can be allowed in to heaven.