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By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Early Judd Apatow film makes fat camp mischievous and fun.

Movie PG 1995 97 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+


"Heavyweights" is one of the greatest kids movie ever! its relatable and endearing characters. The film's young cast of overweight campers are portrayed as real, multi-dimensional individuals with their own fears, hopes, and quirks. They are not just caricatures of overweight kids, but rather fully-realized characters who are easy to root for and identify with. The audience gets to see them grow and develop throughout the film, and their struggles and triumphs make for an emotionally resonant experience. Another reason why "Heavyweights" is so beloved is its humor. The film strikes a balance between slapstick comedy, witty one-liners, and clever satire, making it funny for both kids and adults. The humor is never mean-spirited or condescending towards its overweight characters, but rather uses their experiences as a source of humor in a way that feels inclusive and uplifting. Finally, "Heavyweights" also has a positive and empowering message. It promotes the idea that everyone is worthy of respect and acceptance, regardless of their size or shape. It encourages viewers to love themselves and each other for who they are, rather than trying to conform to society's unrealistic beauty standards. This is a message that is both timeless and important, and it's one that resonates with audiences of all ages. All of these qualities combine to make "Heavyweights" a movie that is both entertaining and meaningful. It's a film that can make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired all at once, and that's what makes it such a beloved classic for so many people.

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age 5+
I came here specifically to give this review. This is a movie I grew up on and I’m shocked to see your review about “acceptance.” Kids love this movie, it’s a great movie. Watch it, you won’t be disappointed.

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Is It Any Good?

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Ben Stiller's performance as a health maniac who operates the camp as a means to making a weight-loss infomercial is pretty dark. Yes it's funny when he shimmies about in his spandex shorts, doing sham tai chi, but there is something not right about his villainous camp counselor act. Is he having fun playing the role? He's not Bill Murray, that's for sure.

This said, older viewers might appreciate the satire more than younger kids. Judd Apatow is a co-writer on this film, which should ring some bells about over-the-top behavior. In all, HEAVYWEIGHTS does deliver some classic laugh-out-loud moments for the less faint of heart.

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