Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Goldman David Goldman ... Nicholas
Joseph Wayne Miller Joseph Wayne Miller ... Sam
Cody Burger Cody Burger ... Cody
Allen Covert ... Kenny
Tim Blake Nelson ... Roger Johnson
Nancy Ringham Nancy Ringham ... Mrs. Maury Garner
Seth St. Laurent Seth St. Laurent ... Camp MVP Racer
Bobby Fain Bobby Fain ... Camp MVP Pitcher
Tom McGowan ... Pat Finley
Aaron Schwartz ... Gerald 'Gerry' Garner
Shaun Weiss ... Josh Burnbalm
Tom Hodges ... Lars
Leah Lail ... Julie
Paul Feig ... Tim
Kenan Thompson ... Roy


11-year-old Gerald "Gerry" Garner lives in Long Island, New York, and he's overweight. Gerry's parents Maury and Mrs. Garner decide to send Gerry to Camp Hope, a camp for overweight boys. The camp is owned by kindly Harvey Bushkin and his equally kind wife Alice Bushkin. When the Bushkins file for bankruptcy the camp has to be sold, it is bought by a wacko named Tony Perkis. Tony plans to force the campers to lose as much weight as they can, and he also intends to document the marathon shedding of weight and use it for an infomercial for his slenderizing program. In the eyes of the campers, Tony has made Camp Hope a living hell. As Gerry and counselor Pat Finley lead the efforts to overthrow Tony, the campers prepare for the Apache Relay against arch rival Camp MVP. The Apache Relay is a kind of race in which Camp Hope has never defeated Camp MVP before. Written by Todd Baldridge

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They don't run the fastest. They don't jump the highest. But they sure are getting the last laugh. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some rude language and pranks | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


After the end credits, there is a scene that shows what ended up happening to Tony. In this scene, he is going door to door attempting to sell healing crystals (or what he calls "transformational facilitators"). However, the person at the house Tony is at slams the door on him. See more »


When Josh is shaving the red balloon, you can see the entire crew in the reflection. See more »


Tony Perkis: Come 'ere, you devil log!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the end credits, there's a quick scene with Uncle Tony sharing what he's doing for a living, which is collecting a collection of crystals and placed them in a briefcase. The door then slams on him. See more »


Spoofs Platoon (1986) See more »


Written and Produced by Paul Feig
Performed by Paul Feig and The Camp Hope Kids
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Grossly funny.
1 January 2016 | by Shopaholic35See all my reviews

What's not to love about this movie. It's a classic 90's shenanigan comedy with the tubbies from The Mighty Ducks. They work so well together as a cast and their chemistry really shows. Although the movie's funny it doesn't start to get really good until about halfway through. It's rude, crude and childish with a carefree moronic but you can't take it too seriously.

I do agree that it's a poor example of glutinous behaviour but even a child can tell that this is a gross over exaggeration and nobody commends this sort of diet and laziness. In saying that it's funny and not necessary about food. It's about losers becoming winners and the clinically insane getting what they deserve. And who doesn't like to watch that.

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17 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »


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$6,062,857, 20 February 1995

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