So if you can get past the bad outfits and even worse haircuts, the movie is actually pretty fun. Unfortunately, the horrible sequels get played on cable television more, probably because they have more T&A. This one is a PG movie, so you wonít get any of the gratuitous T&A shots typically found in these types of movies. Even still, I found it strange that none of the girls in the film wore a bra. Iím not complaining, I just found it odd. They keep the jokes clean and shy away from serious subjects. This is a good thing because they wouldnít have been able to pull it off.
Obviously, the highlight of the film is the incomparable Bill Murray. Heís the only recognizable star in the film, but he carries it so effortlessly, you donít really need anyone else. This was one of his earlier films, but heís just as funny and charismatic as ever. The other stars give average supporting performances. Theyíre not bad, but theyíre not exactly scene-stealers. There were a lot of relationships going on in the film and therefore some of them got developed well and others get left out.
I will caution readers that I might be overly positive about this film because I enjoyed the nostalgic feel of it. I enjoy late 70ís, early 80ís movies and this one fits right in. Iím not sure how well people will enjoy it that havenít seen it before, or werenít alive when it first came out, but for those of us that remember these kind of films, MEATBALLS is a lot of fun.
Summer Camp: The Making of Meatballs (17:47): This wasnít bad, but it could have been so much more. They found a few of the stars and interviewed them, complete with original screen tests, but why stop there? None of the hot female counselors were interviewed and I was curious to see if theyíre still hot. Despite that, this was a pretty good featurette and I highly recommend it to fans of the movie.