Featuring Bill Murray
@ the usual place, 23 April, 12h30
(NOTE NEW DATE!)
Meatballs is a 1979 Canadian comedy film. It was the first film appearance of Bill Murray and, though not his first film, launched Ivan Reitman into a career of light comedies. It introduced child-actor Chris Makepeace in the role of Rudy Gerner. It was considered somewhat raunchy in its day, but has since become a family classic. It was followed by several sequels.
The film followed the antics and foibles of head counsellor Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray) and the counsellors-in-training (CITs) at Camp North Star, a cut-rate summer camp somewhere in the "North Woods". The characters range from reasonably sane, to zany, to screwball.
The main part of the plot involves Rudy Gerner (Chris Makepeace), a lonely kid who is sent away for the summer to attend camp, and how he befriends Tripper. Each morning, Tripper and Rudy go jogging and bond as friends. Tripper helps Rudy gain confedence in trying and Rudy gives Tripper the courage to be with Roxanne (Kate Lynch), the female head counselor.
At the same time, a rivalry with Camp Mohawk, another summer camp across the lake – one with a richer clientele – and Camp Northstar's attempt to come away with, if not outright victory, then at least its very own perverse version of pride, from the yearly "Olympiad" held between Camp Northstar and Camp Mohawk.
The last event is a marathon race in which Rudy is chosen as North Star's runner. Because of the time Rudy spent in the mornings jogging Tripper throughout the film, he wins the race. The film ends with all of the CIT's gathered around a campfire in which everyone says a final goodbye to each other and hopes to see them again next summer.
What a crap movie! Rather come and join us for lunch.