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Meatballs
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07.10.2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Ivan Reitman

Actors:
Bill Murray
Chris Makepeace
Kristine DeBell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of irreverent counselors spend the summer goofing around and growing up at Camp North Star.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
MEATBALLS is not only the first collaboration between Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman, but itís the Saturday Night Live starís feature film debut as well. Even in his first time out, Murray is a natural in front of the camera, imbuing the film with his patented, nonstop shtick. If thereís one reason to watch MEATBALLS, itís for Bill Murray, and if you like him in any capacity, you should check it out at least once. Even if he does have something of a mullet.

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 EXTRAS
Commentary by director Ivan Reitman and writer Dan Goldberg: The two speak for a decent time about working with the genius of a young Bill Murray (whoís sorely missed from this track), filming this movie early in their careers and other random set memories. Nothing about this screams ďmust listenĒ but itís fairly enjoyable if youíre a fan of the movie.

The Making Of featurette from the previous DVD release is inexplicably NOT included here.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
MEATBALLS isnít a classic comedy, but it still has a great pedigree and is a harmless, entertaining camp movie. Watching it you definitely get the sense that these are future comedy stars behind and in front of the camera coming into their own. That being said, thereís no real reason to upgrade from the DVD to the Blu-Ray.

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.
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11:44AM on 07/10/2012

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Patrick Dempsey plays the same character of 'Rudy' that Chris Makepeace played in the original. So Meatballs 3 does have a little bit to do with the original.
Patrick Dempsey plays the same character of 'Rudy' that Chris Makepeace played in the original. So Meatballs 3 does have a little bit to do with the original.
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