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Meatballs (SE)
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06.06.2007 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Ivan Reitman

Actors:
Bill Murray
Harvey Atkin
Kate Lynch

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
We take a look at one summer in the life of the kids at Northstar summer camp. Led by an outgoing camp director, the kids learn all about life while the counselors learn more about drinking, smoking and hooking up.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
It had been over 20 years since I first saw MEATBALLS on VHS. Of course, I didn’t remember much of anything save for the last “race” scene. I was pleasantly surprised to see that MEATBALLS actually held up as a campy (no pun intended), fun film despite being severely dated.

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 won’t 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. I’m 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 wouldn’t have been able to pull it off.

Obviously, the highlight of the film is the incomparable Bill Murray. He’s the only recognizable star in the film, but he carries it so effortlessly, you don’t really need anyone else. This was one of his earlier films, but he’s just as funny and charismatic as ever. The other stars give average supporting performances. They’re not bad, but they’re 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 70’s, early 80’s movies and this one fits right in. I’m not sure how well people will enjoy it that haven’t seen it before, or weren’t alive when it first came out, but for those of us that remember these kind of films, MEATBALLS is a lot of fun.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Ivan Reitman and Daniel Goldberg: This commentary needed a healthy dose of Bill Murray because these guys were a little too serious for this kind of film. They kept it going and offered a lot of interesting nuggets, so fans of the film should be pleased.

Summer Camp: The Making of Meatballs (17:47): This wasn’t 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 they’re still hot. Despite that, this was a pretty good featurette and I highly recommend it to fans of the movie.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I was pleased with how well MEATBALLS has stood the test of time. It was a fun trip down memory lane and it’s always fun to watch an older film. Bill Murray fans should be enjoy this if you haven’t seen it before.
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