• Meatballs (2003)


Release Date: May 18th, 2003

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 1999

PG |1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

Tripper (Bill Murray) is the head counselor at a budget summer camp called Camp Northstar. In truth, he's young at heart and only marginally more mature than the campers themselves. Tripper befriends Rudy (Chris Makepeace), a loner camper who has trouble fitting in. As Tripper inspires his young charges to defeat rival Camp Mohawk in the annual Olympiad competition, Rudy plays matchmaker between Tripper and Roxanne (Kate Lynch), a female counselor at Northstar.

Cast: Bill Murray, Chris Makepeace, Kate Lynch, Harvey Atkin, Kristine DeBell, Sarah Torgov, Jack Blum, Russ Banham

Director: Ivan Reitman

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Famous Players, CFDC, Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Love interest, Friendship, Underdog, Transformation, Competition, Lighthearted, Amusing, 1970s, Rivalry, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    The Associated Press

    It's all there -- the lighthearted summer romances, the intercamp rivalry with the rich kids across the lake and, of course, the nonstop practical jokes. If one or two fall flat, so what. The next probably will hit your funnybone...That gentle quality keeps "Meatballs" from being as totally off-the-wall as "Animal House," but there are plenty of laughs. [2 July 1979]

  • 50
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    For most of the movie, Murray desperately throws in schtick after schtick to try to keep the film afloat (Meatballs doesn't deserve him, and he certainly doesn't deserve it), but when facing Makepeace, who isn't allowed to do anything but trade a petulant pout for a wait-'til-the-sun-shines-Nellie smile, he caves in under the sentimental good cheer and becomes a nice guy, a role he is not especially suited to play. [2 July 1979]

  • 70

    It lacks guidance or any real momentum. When Bill Murray isn't on screen, the air is sucked out of the picture, leaving audiences anxiously waiting for his next scene. show more

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