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Meatballs

Bill Murray , Harvey Atkin , Ivan Reitman    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Bill Murray plays a hip camp counselor at a summer facility for geeky kids and assorted losers. Murray's brand of ironic comedy feels grafted onto this banal and sentimental 1979 celebration of misfits. The comedian's frequent director, Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters), was still finding his sea legs with this one, and he nearly convinced everyone at the time that Murray's film career was never going to happen. --Tom Keogh

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Murray July 18 2004
Format:DVD
I think there are two types of people in the world -- those who get Bill Murray and those who don't. For those of us who intrinsically get him, he simply has no peer when it comes to pulling off the kinds of comedic characters that he portrays. It's not so much about what he does, but who he is and how he presents the character that matters. As the head camp counselor "Tripper", Murray is funny but he is also so much more than funny: He gives the movie it's heart and humanity, without which, it would be nothing more than a series of sophomoric pranks. In my opinion, that is why this movie works when all of the others in the series are deplorable.
To be sure, this is one of the definitive "summer camp" movies of all time; just as Caddyshack is one of the greatest golf movies ever made. But for those who somehow just don't get Murray, there is little that can be said that will convince them to like either movie. Even with as much commercial success as he has had, I believe his comic genius is still way underrated. I have given this movie four stars because I reserve five star ratings exclussively for movies which I believe are exceptional, and because the transfer of this movie to DVD should have been handled with greater care. Otherwise, it's a solid movie with plenty of laughs and some tender moments as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss movies like these Sept. 16 2003
Format:DVD
These comedies are great. Great and fun humor. Yes, there was some toliet humor mixed in, but its so tame by today standards you don't even raise an eyebrow when you hear it. Bill Murray is one of my favorite comedians. When I was younger I saw this movie and then every movie after when I saw Murray I would say "Hey, its the guy from Meatballs." Even to this day I when I see him I remember Meatballs.
I with this movie would get a better treatment with the DVD. Its one of the best comedies ever. Actually, its a family comedy that you can watch with any age group. The adults will get the minor sex jokes, and the teenagers will too, but enjoy the rest. Kids will enjoy the fun of Bill Murray father like figure to one of the kids.
This is a must see comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Summer Camp Movie Ever April 28 2003
Format:DVD
As a person who spent many of my summers at camp I found this movie to be excellent. It also doesn't hurt that this movie stars Bill Murray...one of my favorites. I've owned this movie on VHS for many years now and have watched it numerous times. I just bought the DVD and noticed that the actual song titled "Meatballs" (originally written and performed by Rick Dees) is different than it is on the VHS version. The DVD version is actually sung (or more like halfway spoken/rapped) by Bill Murray himself. There is also about ten seconds of footage added at the end of the cafeteria scene that isn't on the VHS. Not much, but to a fan of the movie it's kind of cool. I wish the DVD had more features on it (like deleted scenes), but none the less this is still probably the best camp movie you could ask for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOOOOOOOOOOO Funny! Dec 28 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
You probably think this movie is stupid and that it is just about meatballs. NO WAY! I'm not going to give this movie away, but it is about a sleep away camp. Crazy, funny, and serious things happen in this movie. If you are thinking about getting this movie don't click anywhere but the buy button. Buy it!! You'll love it till you die! For all ages
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bill Murray's Best Movies! Nov. 17 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I saw Meatballs when I was about 14 years old and I loved it, partly because I was a big Saturday Night Live fan and I like Bill Murray but also because I thought it was a very funny movie that was cute, and yes parts of it were kind of lowbrow but it wasn't anything that was really bad. Bill Murray was hilarious and I also liked Morty played by Harvey Atkin and all the pratical jokes they played on him were quite funny! I have this on video and will replace it with the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spaz & Fink Rule!!!!!!!! Nov. 17 2002
Format:DVD
I can hardly call this a great film but it is entertaining. In my case I, at the time this film was released, was the same age as some of the junior campers in the film. For me watching this film brings back the memories of my camp years. While some of the pranks that takes place in this movie, like carrying the camp director out in his bed and leaving him on the side of a road, strung up in the trees or out on a lake, are a bit over the top some of the other pranks are not. When I went to camp the campers and counselors pulled similar stunts such as running underwear up the flag pole, canoe battles and boys raiding the girls cabin. As I grew older I realized these night raids to the girls cabin that I participated in were carefully orchestrated by the counselors so that we wouldn't find the girls in embarrassing situations but at the time I thought it was real and it was fun. That's what MEATBALLS (MB) is.
MB captures not only the scenic beauty of camp surroundings but the beauty of being young and carefree. MB gives a great example of pre-teens, teens and young adults living their summer with no concerns other than guys hooking up with girls and girls hooking up with guys and booth having as much fun as they can before they head back to junior high & high school and college. The opening title song that goes "Are you ready for the summer?...no more homework no more books, no more teachers dirty looks..." describes exactly how summer is viewed by school kids.
I personally enjoyed the two campers Spaz and Fink. What boy, nerd or jock, didn't spend all camp trying to cozy up to some pretty girl camper? What guy didn't want to be accepted by the other campers and counselors?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but a classic nonetheless
Bill Murray is basically this entire film. His character will make you laugh even if you are not a Bill Murray fan. Read more
Published on April 12 2002 by Virgil
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardwares air conditioner
"You animal, what are you doing" "Hooking up our new air conditioner!" "An air conditioner, where'd you get it!" "Morty's office! He loves the heat!" "Are you guys, ready! Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by Marilyn Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Murray at his comic best
Mr. Keogh's review of Meatballs misses the point so painfuly, there's really no reason to take it seriously. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate feel-good summer camp and late 1970's movie!
'Meatballs' is one of my all-time favorite films. I can watch it repeatedly and never grow bored with or get tired of it. It works successfully on several different levels. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2002 by "dmichaeldavidson"
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining
An entertaining coming of age comedy, but not one of Murrays better movies and not one that I am anxious to see over again unlike the bulk of Murray films. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2001 by Michael Beverly
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound, Moving
This 70's classic remains the masterpiece of Bill Murray's noteworthy career. Murray's years of training in the Suzuki method of acting is plainly evident as he tackles the... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars First and best of the Meatballs series of movies
This movie is one of the funniest movies starring a SNL cast member, I see some people are complaining about bathroom type humor but it's pretty mild stuff and it's really very... Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001
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