Heavyweights

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Heavyweights
Heavyweights-theatrical.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Brill
Produced by Roger Birnbaum
Joe Roth
Michael Fottrell
Judd Apatow
Jack Giarraputo
Written by Steven Brill
Judd Apatow
Starring Aaron Schwartz
Ben Stiller
Tom McGowan
Tim Blake Nelson
Music by J.A.C. Redford
Cinematography Victor Hammer
Edited by C. Timothy O'Meara
Production
  company
Walt Disney Pictures
Caravan Pictures
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s)
  • February 17, 1995 (1995-02-17)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $17,689,177[1]

Heavyweights (stylized onscreen as Heavy Weights) is a 1995 Walt Disney Pictures comedy film, directed by Steven Brill and co-written by Brill with Judd Apatow. Heavyweights is about a fat camp for kids that is taken over by a fitness guru named Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller).

Plot[edit]

As school ends for the summer, Gerald Garner (Aaron Schwartz) is sent by his parents to Camp Hope, a weight loss camp for boys. Despite worrying at first, Gerry makes friends easily at camp and learns that Camp Hope is actually a lot of fun and won't be nearly as bad as he thinks. (As one veteran of the camp put it, Gerald is "not the fat kid, everyone's the fat kid.") He also discovers that the other campers have smuggled in enough junk food to easily stave off the hunger pangs and probably counteract any weight loss that the camp programs cause.

But all is not well at Camp Hope. The first night of the summer brings the revelation that the original owners of Camp Hope (Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara) have entered bankruptcy and the camp has been bought by fitness entrepreneur Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller), who announces his plan to make the camp's new exercise regime into the top weight loss infomercial in the country. Tony tries to make himself seem like someone the campers can relate to, saying that he was a fat kid when he was younger too, but his methods of motivating the campers border on psychotic.

Tony cleanses the cabins of the campers' food caches, cuts off their contact with the outside world, and installs an exercise outline of trendy fitness techniques that downplay fun to the point of humiliation.

The campers discover a secret food stash and actually gain weight, despite Tony's fitness regimen. Tony forces them on a 20-mile hike, reasoning that this will not only help the boys work off some of their extra weight, but will also restore discipline. On the hike, the campers trick Tony into falling into a deep pit, severely injuring him. The boys bring Tony back to camp and imprison him in a make-shift cell of chicken wire electrified with a bug zapper.

In the celebration of Tony's downfall, there is a lot of binge eating. The boys order in pizzas, submarine sandwiches, gorge themselves on chocolate and drench themselves in soda.

The next morning, Pat Finley, a counselor who had come to Camp Hope every summer since he was 10, tells the kids to finally start taking responsibility and start actually losing weight. The boys begin following a more healthy regime and start to make Camp Hope a fun place again.

On parent's visiting day, the parents are shown a video of Tony's cruelty. While they are watching, Tony escapes his prison and ends up exchanging quips and then blows with Gerry's father. In an attempt to make an impressive exit, Tony attempts a series of backflips, stumbles, and incapacitates himself. The parents tell Tony his days of terrorizing their kids are over. Tony's own father shows up to take the keys and deed for the camp away from his son to ensure this doesn't happen again. He states that the camp will be closed, and all of the money paid for admission refunded.

But the campers don't want to leave Camp Hope. Despite Tony Perkis, the camp and the friends they have made are still a lot of fun. Pat starts really putting the campers to work to win an annual competition against some rather athletic , and perhaps somewhat over-competitive campers who are trained to go at this competition with everything they have, which up until Pat took over made the competition rather one-sided. Pat, however, has been training them not to lose hope, and just to have fun, which they do. It turns out that they have just enough ability to win: to the distress of the counselors at the overly-competitive camp, who have already decided that the trophy belongs to them, and believe that Pat is crazy for being more concerned about having fun than winning.

After the credits, Tony is shown as a door to door salesman selling healing crystals.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's original score was composed by J.A.C. Redford, and the film's Soundtrack consisted of eleven songs listed below:[2]

Song Written by Performed by
"Closer to Free" Sam Llanas & Kurt Neumann BoDeans
"Le Freak" Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers Chic
"Saturday Night" Bill Martin & Phil Coulter The Bay City Rollers
"You Sexy Thing" Errol Brown Hot Chocolate
"Love Machine" Warren Moore & William Griffin The Miracles
"Hang Tough" Allen Toussaint Crescent City Gold
"Set the Wheels in Motion" Barbara Keith The Stone Coyotes
"I Want Candy" Bert Berns, Robert Feldman, Richard Gottehrer, & Jerry Goldstein Bow Wow Wow
"Blue Danube" Johann Strauß
"Thieving Magpies" Gioachino Rossini
"Camp Hope Concerto" Paul Feig Paul Feig and The Camp Hope Kids

Reception[edit]

The movie gained mixed to negative reviews; however it is debatabley the greatest movie ever made.[3] Heavyweights currently holds a 29% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but is fresh within the community with a 79%.[4]

Box office[edit]

While the movie was not a box office success,[5] it did garner a cult following.

Filming Dates[edit]

Heavyweights was filmed over the course of two months. Filming started on March 28, 1994 and finished on May 25, 1994.

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