A group of heavy kids at a "fat farm" must contend with the new over zealous owner who wants to turn their summer into an infomercial.
Gerry Garner (AARON SCHWARTZ), is an overweight kid who's sent to Camp Hope, a "fat farm," by his parents. At first he's reluctant, but the promotional tape shows the camp to be a fun place that he might actually enjoy. There he meets Pat (TOM McGOWAN), a camp counselor for eighteen years and Josh (SEAN WEISS), a young Jackie Gleason-like, wise cracking kid. But things take a turn for the worse when it's announced that Tony Perkis (BEN STILLER), a motivational guru is the new owner. He, along with his aide, Lars (TOM HODGES), want to whip the boys into shape so that they can sell an infomercial on "fat farms." From then on, Gerry and the other kids and counselors must contend with the overzealous and often cruel Perkis who pushes everyone too far.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
This is definitely a kids movie, but some may be reluctant to see a movie about "fat kids." They shouldn't be, but kids are sometimes that way. If yours are, you should make them watch this to see that "fat kids" aren't any different from "skinny kids."
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
The MPAA reason was not available, but we think it was for minor profanity.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
AARON SCHWARTZ plays a kid reluctant to go to camp, but who once there, stands up against the tyranny and madness of the new owner to make it a fun summer camp. He's a good role model.
TOM McGOWAN plays the camp counselor who's there to help the kids and who also stands up against the new owner. Another good role model.
BEN STILLER plays the motivation crazed new owner who goes too far trying to get the kids back into shape in order to promote himself. He's a bad role model.
Kids call Gerry "fat boy," and laugh at him when he can't throw a ball over a fence.
Perkis and Lars aren't nice to the boys, and often are mean and manipulative when trying to "motivate" them. In addition, they aren't there to help the kids, but only want to turn this summer experience into an infomercial they can sell.
The kids break into Perkis' cabin which is bad, but there they find that he's hidden all of their letters home, which is also a bad thing.
Perkis makes the kids go on a twenty-mile hike and when one of the kids falls down, Perkis says, "Stragglers must be left to fend for themselves."
On parents day, Gerry's dad isn't nice to him when he states that he hasn't lost a pound.
An old 70's disco song, "I'm Just a Love Machine" is played during a camp dance. While most kids won't know what it's about, some of the lyrics include: "I'm just a love machine, and I won't work for nobody but you...a hugging, kissing thing..."
There are some baseball mishaps where the kids get hit in the head, crotch and elsewhere with baseballs but none of the incidents are intentional.
Josh, after being taunted by an opposing player, takes the end of baseball bat and jabs it into the player's gut.
Kids, stating that they resorted to desperate measures when not fed, chase some cows with large sticks.
A man, referring to Perkis, says, "That moron owes me six hundred bucks. I could kill that guy."
Seeing Perkis on the edge of a cliff, a kid says they should push him over and that no jury would ever convict them.
Perkis pushes Josh out of his way.
The kids set it up so that Perkis falls into a deep hole in the woods.
Perkis tells Pat, "I'll kick you so hard in the groin that you'll never have kids."
The kids tie up Perkis in a cage and tape his mouth shut.
The kids tie Lars to a tree and spread honey on his chest in hopes that a bear will come his way.
One of the little kids runs up and kicks Lars in the groin.
Perkis grabs hold of the cage he's in, but it's electrified and he gets quite a jolt which makes him fall to the ground.
Perkis grabs a kid by the hair as he makes his escape from the cage.
After learning how mean Perkis has been, Gerry's dad punches him in the stomach. Perkis then whacks him on the back, and then somersaults back through the room where he hits his head on the wall and knocks himself silly.