Video Review

Heavyweights

MPAA Rating: PG
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Comedy; With: Aaron Schwartz and Ben Stiller

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+

Originally posted Aug 11, 1995 Published in issue #287 Aug 11, 1995 Order article reprints
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