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Heavyweights It's not hard to figure why Heavyweights, a comedy about a camp for fat boys went belly up at the box office. Starting out as a...HeavyweightsComedyPT100MPG It's not hard to figure why Heavyweights, a comedy about a camp for fat boys went belly up at the box office. Starting out as a...1995-08-11
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Heavyweights

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Aaron Schwartz, Ben Stiller; Director: Steven Brill; Author: Steven Brill; Release Date Wide: 02/15/1995; Runtime (in minutes): 100; MPAA Rating: PG

It’s not hard to figure why Heavyweights, a comedy about a camp for fat boys went belly up at the box office. Starting out as a standard kiddie romp, it suddenly veers into Camp Hell mode, with Ben Stiller playing a self-styled fitness guru who runs the place like a sadistic drill sergeant. Things get even less funny when the youngsters rebel, lock Stiller in an electrified cage, and then pig out on pizza. What’s the message here, anyway? Of course, we still get the standard feel-good finale, in which the heavyweights defeat rival junior hardbodies in an interminably long relay race. It’s all so heavyhanded it leaves a viewer heavy-hearted. D+

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