Thursday, June 7, 2007

Meatballs: Special Edition

Posted on Thu, Jun 7, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Meatballs: Special Edition
Studio: Sony
WorkNameSort: Meatballs: Special Edition
Bill Murray is a hilarious force of nature in Meatballs, his first credited big-screen appearance. He stars as Tripper, a hipster summer-camp counselor who makes it his business to help Rudy, a shy, unpopular boy. When Tripper encounters Rudy with a suitcase at a bus station, instead of scolding him for running away from camp, Tripper asks if he's going to Vegas and offers to come along. Like Tripper, the film has a heart but is steadfastly unsentimental. There's also some mildly raunchy adolescent humor, much of it focusing on a fat kid and a nerdy one. In many ways, the film is a kiddie version of M*A*S*H, and Murray isn't the only one helping to make it fun. Harold Ramis, who would later direct Murray in the great Groundhog Day, worked on the screenplay, and Ivan Reitman, fresh from producing Animal House, directed. This special edition contains a standard documentary in which the production members reminisce about how it was made. There's also an audio commentary by director Reitman and producer Daniel Goldberg.

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