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When an underdog group of kids discover their beloved summer camp has been sold to a crazy fitness fanatic who’s determined to make their lives miserable, they unite to turn the tables and take back their woodsy hideaway. You’ll fall in love with these Heavyweights – they’re big, loud, and proud, and ready to win their way into your heart. Experience the fun like never before on Disney Blu-ray with all new bonus!
Audio Commentary with Judd Apatow, Steven Brill, Allen Covert, Aaron Schwartz, Shaun Weiss, Tom Hodges & Special Guest Paul Feig
The Making of Heavyweights
Super 8 – Footage Shot by the Cast and Crew
Video Chat: Judd and Kenan
Where are they Now? - See the Kids All Grown Up
Judd's Art Project – His Bizarre Photos from the Set
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The kids then rebel and start binge eating after imprisoning Tony. However Pat, a camp counselor, then teaches the kids they need to start being responsible and not only starts making the camp fun, but makes weight loss fun for the kids.
When Pat takes over after Tony is defeated, the kids are able to defeat the rival camp, Camp MVP. While MVP dominated the obstacle course, they slow down when it came to the mental challenges such as saving balloons and answering tough questions allowing Camp Hope to catch up and use their skills and intelligences to ultimately win, proving that while weight loss is important, fitness isn't everything. Overall, this is a great family movie and I would strongly recommend it.
I bought it thinking I would be the only 20-ish year old in the neighborhood who had heard of it but it turned out that so many people know and love this movie. That evolved into my annual Happy Heavyweights Night. Every year I hold a party at my house where you bring a subway sandwich, wear a yellow shirt and watch this movie. Right when the campers flip out and have their amazing food party is when I break out all of the fixings for amazing sundaes.
Fellow Amazoners, I encourage you to do the same. Pick a nice spring night when you're thinking about how great it would be to jump off the blob in real life and then host a party with this amazing movie.
During the 90s, a lot of great kids films were made which means there were a lot of child actors/stars at the time. You will see several in this film. One thing I loved about the blu-ray is the current interviews. They have tracked down several of the films stars and you get to hear what it was like, during filming, from their perspective. One star even had a birthday during filming - No Spoilers here though.
The film itself follows Jerry and his new friends to Camp Hope (a camp for overweight kids) which is terrorized by the new owner, an insane Tony Perkins, who is trying to get rich quick. Ben Stiller's performance is just incredible. I have never seen him in anything like this since and it remains some of his best work. His parents are also in the film, playing the original owners of Camp Hope.
Heavyweights is a great addition to any blu-ray collection! I highly recommend!