Okay, I'll admit, this movie is dated. It's a cheesy 1979 comedy that spawned a number of duplicates, and some lame sequels that should have never even been made without Murray on board. But it is a fun glimpse back to the days when Murray was in his prime.It's basically a coming of age story about an unpopular kid named Rudy(Chris Makepeace) who goes to a slobby summer camp full of other unpopular kids. The head camp counselor, Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray), excels at playing practical jokes on both his boss and the counselors at the nearby snobby rich kids camp, seducing the cute female counselors, and bolstering the kids self-esteem through "unorthodox" tactics - like the now-famous "It just doesn't matter" speech.
Tired of losing the summer camp Olympics every year, Murray schemes to give the rich kids their comeuppance through a combination of dirty tricks and encouraging kids like Rudy to be their best without taking a hard-line, high pressure approach.
Drive-In Triple Feature Picks for Meatballs
Stripes - the quintessential Bill Murray movie. It's Meatballs meets Full Metal Jacket. Sean Young looks hot.
Bad News Bears - the other "root for the underdog" classic.I wish my summer camp counselors had been as cool, fun, or exciting as Tripper Harrison. But then, I usually got sent off to Christian camp, so the notion of "fun" wasn't in their vocabulary.