Because fat people went so long only being accepted by the public in films where they portrayed comedic roles, it isn’t hard to believe that there were 90s comedy movies devoted to fatties. This film didn’t try to break that stereotype. This film is called Heavyweights.
Heavyweights is a movie about fat kids. Fat kids who were always the brunt of jokes, eaters of junk food, and constant out growers of clothing are its central focus. It’s a family film about parents who think that sending their children to a rigorous fat camp is the only way for them to lead normal lives.
It’s the all-important last day of school and Gerry is an overweight, unpopular kid. He misses his bus on the last way to school and has to run after it, waving his flabby arms in futility. Poor Gerry’s life only gets worse when he arrives home and his parents spring the news that they’re shipping him off to the fat-burning farm known as Camp Hope.
Reluctant at first, Gerry realizes that this camp can actually be fun. There are go karts and those giant inflatable things that you jump on to launch people into the air. Suddenly, Gerry’s “not the fat kid. Everyone’s the fat kid.” It’s also important to note that the other fat, undisciplined food addicts at the camp have smuggled in enough junk food hooch to last until the new millennium. This was going to be an awesomely bodacious summer, right? Wrong.
There are strange and horrible things afoot at the unassuming Camp Hope. On his first night at the camp, Gerry is shocked to learn that the original, fun owners of Camp Hope are bankrupt and have been forced to sell the camp to a douche bag of an infomercial fitness trainer named Tony Perkis who will stop at nothing to whip the kids into shape at the expense of their personal safety. He tries to relate to the kids by explaining how he was once a fatty, but his psychotic methods of weight loss and exercise quickly turn him into enemy number one.
Tony, on an insane power trip, goes so far as to raid the campers’ bunks and remove any and all junk food from the premises. He wakes them up at the crack of dawn and forces them into painful runs and merciless workout routines and generally makes their lives awful.
The campers end up stumbling on the camp’s hidden food stash in the woods and begin to gain weight despite Tony’s insanity. After Tony learns of the weight gain, he forces them on a 20-mile hike as punishment. However, the campers trick Tony into falling into a pit trap which injures him and leaves him helpless. The boys manage to get Tony back to camp and build a prison cell for him out of chicken wire that has been electrified by a bug zapper.
As a result of the downfall of Tony’s reign of terror, the campers break out into an abhorrent display of binge eating to commemorate the occasion. Stuffing their faces with pizzas and ice cream sundaes, the kids go a little bit crazy. The next morning, the fat and lovable counselor Pat takes responsibility for the fat youngsters and decides to start helping them legitimately lose weight.
Later, the parents of the campers visit the camp and are shown a video of Tony’s cruelty to alert them to the situation. During the viewing, Tony escapes from his cell and interrupts them. Tony’s own father shows up to take the deed to the camp away from his son and to ensure that this will never happen again. Planning to close the camp and issue refunds, he instead listens the camper’s protests to keep the camp open. They nominate Pat as head counselor and he coaches them to just have fun and ends up leading them to a victory against an overly competitive rival summer camp.
There is enough slapstick and fat humor in this movie to keep any kid happy and it’s a family-friendly romp that even the parents will enjoy. 90s movies knew how to do it right. Check it out.