Heavyweights (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes


Heavyweights (1995)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Heavyweights Photos

Movie Info

Camp Hope is a summer camp for fat kids; it is also the locale of this Disney family comedy. All of the kids at Camp Hope have a weight problem. It is the one place they can go without feeling different. But when the previous owners declare bankruptcy, the camp is purchased by an obnoxious fitness freak who becomes obsessed with changing his chubby charges into budding body builders. He immediately begins serving them low calorie foods and subjecting them to rigorous exercises. Part of his motivation is greed: he is in the process of writing a book, and filming an infomercial on weight loss. The boys at camp rebel and mayhem ensues.

Watch it now


Tom McGowan
as Pat Finley
Aaron Schwartz
as Gerry Garner
Ben Stiller
as Tony Perkis
Shaun Weiss
as Josh Birnbaum
Leah Lail
as Julie
Jeffrey Tambor
as Maury Garner
Jerry Stiller
as Harvey Bushkin
Anne Meara
as Alice Bushkin
David Bowe
as Chris Donelly
David Goldman
as Nicholas
Tim Blake Nelson
as Camp Hope Salesman
Nancy Ringham
as Mrs. Garner
Seth St. Laurent
as Camp MVP Racer
Bobby Fain
as Camp MVP Pitcher
Robert E. Spencer III
as Soccer Goalie
Dustin Greer
as Blob Master
Matthew R. Zboyovski
as Hope Wall Climber
J.T. Alessi
as Balloon Shaver
Chris Snyder
as Baseball Scorekeeper
Jonathan Clark
as Gerry's Double
Aubrey Dollar
as Camp Magnolia Girl
Mary Holt Fickes
as Camp Magnolia Girl
Jamie Olson
as Camp Magnolia Girl
Lauren Hill
as Angelic Girl
Lois D. Yaroshefsky
as Camp Magnolia Counselor
Matthew Bradley King
as Gerry's School Buddy
Deena Dill
as Stewardess
Tom Kelley
as Man on Plane
Lars Clarke
as Jack Gamer
View All

News & Interviews for Heavyweights

Critic Reviews for Heavyweights

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Time has been kind to the discarded fat camp movie, finding Heavyweights more digestible these days, after years spent processing the askew sense of humor shared by Apatow and Company.

December 12, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A throwback to the early Disney live-action films that coasted on their premises and were content to provide lightweight entertainment and nothing more.

December 11, 2012 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The first American movie to explore the link between processed cheese and the need for love. A Hamburglar Joint.

July 18, 2004

Audience Reviews for Heavyweights

This has got to be one of the worst ideas for a comedy that I've seen. The film should be a good comedy, but instead it just falls flat because to me it seemed to use the fat stereotypes a bit too much to create its humor. Thus, the film really didn't work, and ended up being pretty bad. This could have been a great film, but the script was too flawed, the acting was bad and the directing was unfocused. I think this film had potential of being very funny, but more than times than not, it fails to deliver laughter. Director Steven Brill can't seem to direct a good film, and Heavyweights is just an awful mess that actually could have been avoided. If the script was better, the cast was good and the director was more skilled, then maybe the film would have been better. There were just too many bad things going on on-screen to make this one worthy of seeing. In the long run, the film is very forgettable and is not worth seeing. There are too many areas where the comedy fails at making you laugh, and it's a film that simply doesn't work overall. I hated the film, and is one of the worst films I had to watch. There are far better comedies out there than Heavyweights. This film just fails at giving you good entertainment. The film is bad because it uses stereotypes constantly in a form of humor that just isn't funny. Avoid Heavyweights, this film is bad. The film is one poor comedy that simply isn't funny.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Insanely nostalgic. Tony Perkis and Lars are two of the greatest cult comedy characters of all-time! If you want to see Ben Stiller at his most over-the-top hilarious level, give this a look. And if you're a 90s kid, I'm sure you remember this film, too. If not, watch it now!

Tyler Christian
Tyler Christian

Super Reviewer


As an aspiring infomercial fitness-life coach-messiah playing God over a summer camp, Stiller goes out there, without fear of overplaying it, and it might be his best performance -- I think better than the variation in Dodgeball. Maybe the movie needs this hock of ham, since before Stiller's character takes over, the camp is a beloved dream vacation for kids -- motorized go-carts and track included -- who all happen to be fat and still won't ever feel deprived thanks to their abundant candy stashes. They had fun there because no one felt judged. This is sensitive and makes for a great family movie, even when the kids don't get the best jokes. I guess since I'm not 12, it's weird for me to see that all the kids harbor only goodwill toward each other, and only goodwill toward anyone except when they're being effed with by a psycho or jerk. Not that I'm asking for a Lord of the Flies where everyone is as fat as Piggy, but the movies Apatow wrote for adults, in suspended adolescence, didn't divide the world into good guys and villains, which made you feel you were being lied to before. -- Why am I being serious about this? It's a movie about a fat camp.

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

Heavyweights Quotes

News & Features