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Meatballs

PG In Theaters 05/18/2003 , 92min.
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Plot & Details

Set at a low-end summer camp and aimed squarely at a teen audience, Meatballs is a light screwball comedy that turned its low-budget Canadian roots into a very profitable box-office run. The biggest reason for the film's success is Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp's director Morty (Harvey Atkins), who is affectionately known as Mickey. Camp opens with Tripper and Morty preparing the misfit counselors-in-training -- Spaz, Fink, Crockett, A.L., Candace, Wendy, and Wheels among them -- for the arrival of their hyperactive little charges. After settling in, kids and counselors begin their activities with a soccer game in which depressed 11-year-old Rudy (Chris Makepeace) accidentally loses the game. Cast out by the other children, Rudy runs away only to come across Tripper, who befriends the boy and makes him his running partner. Romance, sexy fun, and comic hijinx -- usually with the heavy-sleeping Morty as their target -- lead up to an annual Olympiad in which Camp Northstar battles the wealthier and athletically superior residents of Camp Mohawk. The challenging events include cup stacking, potato-sack racing, and a nauseating hot dog-eating contest in which the portly Fink devours his way to victory. With the two-day event tied up, it comes down to the cross-country run, in which Tripper enters Rudy. Meatballs was the first major directorial effort by multi-talented filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose name has since become synonymous with the comedy genre.

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Genie Awards Golden Reel Award Daniel Goldberg Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actor Harvey Atkin Nominated
1980 Genie Awards Best Actress Kate Lynch Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Original Screenplay Daniel Goldberg Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Original Screenplay Len Blum Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Picture Nominated
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Gary Bourgeois Nominated
1980 Genie Awards Golden Reel Award Ivan Reitman Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Editing Debra Karen Nominated
1980 Genie Awards Best Original Screenplay Janis Allen Won
1980 Genie Awards Best Sound Richard Lightstone Nominated
1980 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actor Chris Makepeace Nominated
1980 Genie Awards Best Actor - Foreign Bill Murray Nominated

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