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Super Reviewer
September 27, 2010
The first of a long line of collaborations between Harold Ramis and Bill Murray, this is the original film that started the camp genre that jettisoned through the eighties. Murray plays a goofy authoritarian figure who understands the kids, but works against the administration. The camp counselors are over-sexed teenagers, and their charges are big eyed sweethearts like newcomer Chris Makepeace. The film is a very watered down kind of comedy that relies on the goofball antics of Murray and the charisma of bikini babes. The film is very sweet when dealing with the relationship between Murray and Makepeace, but otherwise the counselors seem to see their charges as annoyances. There are also relationships between the teenagers, which is where the teenage sexual fantasy aspect comes from. It's a pretty harmless, sweet comedy that has lingered in the collective consciousness for the pure reason that it's Murray at his peak goofiness.
Super Reviewer
June 6, 2011
An hilarious camp comedy starring Bill Murray, as Tripper, a camp counselor at Camp Northstar who acts like a kid himself and bonds with the other kids. Lots of memorable characters such as Rudy, the shy kid that no one wants to bother with but Tripper, Spaz, who is unlucky with the ladies, Morty, the counselor that everyone tortures and also the crazy romances between Candace and Bobby aka Crockett, A.L. & Wheeler, Spaz and Jackie and who could forget Roxanne and Tripper, and with all the battling between Camp Northstar and Mohawk you'll definitely want that second serving of meatballs! :) :) :) :)
Super Reviewer
½ September 6, 2010
One of the first of many summer camp movies for teens. It's pretty funny for the most part, especially because of Bill Murray, but other than that it's not that good.
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2009
30 years since its release and I finally got around to seeing it. Painfully 70s but still a mostly funny, surprisingly sweet camp movie.
I still prefer Stripes though.
Super Reviewer
July 12, 2007
The plot is predictable. It has been done many times in other movies. You have competing summer camps in this one: the rich kids vs. the underachievers competing for "bragging" rights in the typical camp contests, while the kids and consolers pursue pranks, sex, and "a good time!" "Are You Ready For The Summer?" Meatballs is the first (and best) summer camp movie for feel-good comedy. Sure it's no Citizen Kane, but this type of movie isn't meant to be. The film works because of the wonderful comic timing and classic one-liners of Bill Murray. His scenes with a camper where he tries to raise the kid's self-esteem are very good. Bill's one-liners throughout the film are very funny.

I also like that this movie isn't dirty or explicit like so many other "teens at camp" movies today. There is some mild sexual innuendo and maybe one or two cuss words in the entire film. But Meatballs is the type of teen movie that is actually appropriate for the younger crowd. It's rated PG.

This is a movie that you have to see a few times to get all of the jokes! When Bill Murray is on the screen or making one of his classic "PA Announcements" you are drawn to the film. Bill seems to carry the movie all by himself. But he does it so well, that when you see Meatballs, you will realize that this is the film that made him a star! A side note to this review is to avoid all of the Meatballs movie sequels. They are horribly bad.
Super Reviewer
October 25, 2007
So bad I didn't want it, even for free.
Super Reviewer
July 26, 2007
A classic!
It's like a Friday the 13th film without anybody getting killed, and the comedy upped to a quality level. Funny stuff.
Super Reviewer
½ November 28, 2006
Super Reviewer
March 22, 2007
Murray's first starring feature as SNL was in its third year. Murray's Tripper is still "not ready for prime time." This low-low-budget Canadian picture is rough all around.
Super Reviewer
July 5, 2012
I can see that it may have been an old fashioned classic, but I can't help to find many flaws in this film. It was not funny, acting was bad, campy indeed and the script was retarded, it may be funny in the past, but the blue comedy certainly didn't work, especially swearing in front of children??
Super Reviewer
½ April 5, 2009
There are those who will call this a movie. They are lying. It is nothing more than an excuse for Bill Murray to bring his womanising, prankster, slacker act to a new setting - and that's never a bad thing.
All together now, "It just doesn't matter! It just doesn't matter!"
Super Reviewer
½ March 19, 2008
Shot up in haliburton ontario,hilarious little movie i grew up with. I miss Murray doing comedic roles.
Super Reviewer
August 1, 2007
Awesome: Bill Murray. Mediocre and predictable: Everything else.
August 9, 2013
Billy Murray's film debut is a great movie to watch during the summer time, and it will always be a good classic.
August 26, 2014
Bill Murray's first time stepping up to the big league of an actor tackling a main role resulted a breakthrough as his fine performance is one of his best comedically. His presence is what made this summer camp comedy fun and hilarious, with Ivan Reitman directing after attending "Animal House" in the school season before transitioning to the summer season - a nice comedic pair. (B+)

(Full review coming soon)
December 29, 2014
It's a fun little film that really offers nothing new or exciting.
Bill Murray plays the head counselor at summer camp in the film that has the regular cliches of a summer camp movie...i.e nerd trying to impress girl, guys spying on girls, camp games etc.

Murray was 29 during this movie and was pretty funny here with his mannerisms. Nothing real exciting but a fun film.
½ October 10, 2014
Awesome funny old 70s movie. Funny with Bill Murray and a great camping movie. My question for this movie is why is it called meatballs. Funny and a great classic!
½ June 29, 2014
The comedy that started all future crappy summer-camp movies, much like Airplane was the comedy that started all the future crappy "spoofs". This is an absolute classic movie with Bill Murray at his best. For a goofy comedy, there is outstanding character development, superb dialogue and one-liners, and a great story. The pranks are fresh for their time, and Bill Murray's speeches in this movie (specifically "it just doesn't matter", but he has multiple classic lines/speeches) are top notch. One of the most "fun" movies I have ever seen, and I still quote lines from it on a daily basis. Grab your popcorn and enjoy!

Grade = 9/10
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