A Disney movie released in [[TheNineties 1995]], ''Heavyweights'' is the story of Gerald 'Gerry' Garner (Aaron Schwartz) and his mates at Camp Hope a FatCamp. Once a place filled with fun and go-karts, the camp is bought out by Tony Perkis (Ben Stiller), who intends to use the campers to make his own weight loss infomercial. Gerry and his friends are subjected to [[TrainingFromHell cruel and unusual methods]] to lose weight. Naturally, they fight back.

The movie is better than it sounds, as it had several classic one-liners, a good soundtrack and Creator/BenStiller in one early and definitely unique role. It was also one of the first writing credits for Creator/JuddApatow, which explains its edgier execution.

!!This film has examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Lars to Nurse Julie.
* TheAce: Josh is the Alpha Chipmunk, and he knows it.
-->'''Roy:''' I just saw the new nurse, and uh...she's very attractive. \\
'''Josh:''' This pleases me.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Josh is quite athletic, despite his weight. He's even able to outrun Tony for a few moments.
* AdultsAreUseless: Pat, Julie and Tim make no progress attempting to have Tony removed from the camp while the kids end up imprisoning him.
* AllThereInTheScript: The girls' camp which accepts Tony's dance invitation is called Camp Magnolia.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: Tony's attempt to film a "results" segment for his infomercial.
--> '''Tony''': Josh Birnbaum! Step on the scale, son! All right! *high fives Josh* \\
(The scale shows that Josh has gained weight) \\
'''Tony''': (upset) Get off the scale.
* AxCrazy: While Tony looms on the edge of this throughout the film, he really turns into this when he shows up at Parents' Weekend, walking on broken glass and doing cartwheels like a mad man.
* BigBad: Tony
* BigOMG: Josh's initial reaction to Tony.
* BingeMontage: A G-Rated version. After Tony is usurped, the campers spend a night celebrating with all the junk food and fun they've been missing, complete with a hangover-like sugar crash and indigestion the morning after.
* BrickJoke: During the [[spoiler:post-Perkis montage]], a group of Camp MVP jocks hop into a motorboat and shove off, only to find out that the motor is gone. And when Pat unveils the new go-kart:
-->'''Pat:''' Did a little work on the motor.
* BondOneLiner:
-->'''Tony:''' No one is taking this camp away from me! \\
(''*Gerry's dad punches him in the gut and doubles him over*'') \\
'''Gerry's Dad:''' I'm afraid you're wrong. You are through here.
* ChekhovsGun: On the long hike up the mountain, Gerry saves Nicholas from falling into a hidden pit covered by only a few pieces of wood. Just a little while later, the same pit is used to capture Tony.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** One scene contains Josh Burnbaum shaving with a straight razor. Later, during the Apache Relay, one of the contests is scraping shaving cream off a balloon.
** Pat mentions he's been working at the camp 18 years, the longest of any employee. Logically this means he has the most experience and so ends up running things.
* ChewingTheScenery: Basically any time Tony is on screen, but his rant about how powerful and motivated he is during the parents' visit absolutely takes the cake.
* {{CloudCuckoolander}}: A number of characters, but especially Lars. His ridiculous dance when the girl's camp showed up combined with his almost alien outlook on various things makes one think he's not OK in the head.
* CoolOldGuy: Tony Perkis Sr. seems to have it a lot more together than his [[PsychopathicManchild son]].
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: "Attention campers: Lunch has been canceled today, due to lack of hustle. Deal with it."
* DiscoDan: Tim, or at least his suit.
** Lars too.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Tony kicks Josh out of the camp without a refund for a pretty tame, albeit disrespectful and juvenile comment. At least until Josh's lawyer father gets involved.
* TheDragon: Lars.
* DumbJock: The kids at Camp MVP, or at least the one from the trivia part of the relay, which gave the fat kids a chance to catch up. He didn't even know who any American Vice Presidents were.
* EEqualsMCHammer: The math equation during the Apache Relay does not equal eleven. It actually has no solution because there is only one side of the equation, and you therefore cannot solve for "x".
* EurekaMoment: When Kenny the cameramen shows up in search of Tony, Pat, Julie, and Tim get an idea to showcase Tony's misdeeds by producing a video of their own.
* EvilFormerFriend: Dawson, a former Chipmunk who has graduated to being a counselor, reveals the group's candy stash to Tony [[spoiler:but ultimately subverts it as he later sneaks them junk food and takes part in overthrowing him.]]
* EvilIsHammy: Tony.
* FatCamp: The whole premise of the movie, after all.
* FatComicRelief: Pretty much everyone at the camp, though Gerry's the most iconic.
* FlippingTheBird: Offscreen when the kids were getting their "before" pictures taken.
-->'''Lars:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Put your fat finger down!]]
* FormerlyFat: Tim, resulting in the campers good-naturedly mocking him for being thin.
** Also Tony claims he was this at one point in his life.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Sam actually scores a kiss with one of the girls at the end of the dance.
** One of Sims's T-shirts suggests that he hails from Minnesota.
* FriendToAllChildren: Averted; Tony ''tries'' to be this by making himself seem like someone the kids can relate too and never seems to realize that they're terrified of him.
* FunnyForeigner: Lars.
* GaussianGirl: One of the girls at the dance.
* GermanicEfficiency: Played with. Lars is ''seemingly'' the perfect henchman for Tony's scheme - he's built, he's intimidating, and he's German. But he's not the brightest crayon in the box and ends up joining the good guys thanks to a traumatic incident with a bear er, deer.
** It was a big deer.
* GibberishOfLove: When Nurse Julie asks Pat where the infirmary is, he chokes, despite having twenty years of experience at Camp Hope.
* GilliganCut: Used when Gerry refuses to watch the Camp Hope promotional video, and again when he refuses to go to camp.
* GroinAttack: One boy is hit while playing baseball.
* HairTriggerTemper: Tony during the video montage.
--> '''Tony''': How do you like the food here at Camp Hope-\\
'''Josh''': It's good stuff.\\
'''Tony''': ''(peeved)'' Wait 'til I finish asking you the question. Just say, "I love the food."\\
'''Josh''': I love the food.\\
'''Tony''': Good. Here we go. So, Josh, how do you like the food here-\\
'''Josh''': I love the food.\\
'''Tony''': Wait until I '''FINISH''' the question!
* HeelFaceTurn: Kenny the Camera Man and Lars, both of whom the kids offer jobs so they stick around after Tony is defeated. Unsurprisingly, they like working for the kids better than working for Tony.
* HighSchoolHustler: Josh is a kid version of this.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: During his Parents' Day meltdown, Tony does a series of backflips after sucker-punching Gerry's dad...and then crashes headfirst into a wall.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Gerry and Pat.
* {{Jerkass}}: Gerry's father, while he has Gerry's best intentions at heart, he really comes off looking like a jerk half the time, but he's really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He does make up for it by punching out Tony.
--> '''Maury''': (to Gerry) We did not send you to ''Go-Kart Camp.''
** In fairness he wasn't fully aware of what Gerry was going through, hence his appalled reaction when he sees a video of what Gerry and the other kids endured while Tony was running the camp.
** Tony is a JerkJock [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk with a Heart of Jerk]].
* JerkJock: Tony again, and also the kids and coach from Camp MVP.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Camp MVP being upset about Camp Hope winning the Apache relay makes some sense given that Camp Hope stole the engine from their boat for their Go-Kart.
* KarmaHoudini: The former Chipmunk from the previous year who sold out the location of the contraband candy to Tony and Lars is not seen getting any retribution when the campers overthrow Tony.[[note]] He was being paid to sneak junk food back into the camp before Tony was overthrown, and blackmails Lars into pulling a HeelFaceTurn. [[/note]]
* KickTheDog: If it wasn't obvious Tony was an ass already, ending the dance just as it gets going cements it.
** The MVP Club are certainly viciously competitive, but ''vandalizing'' Camp Hope as a hobby, and verbally abusing the fat kids is just awful.
* LargeHam: [[BigBad Tony]] and [[TheDragon Lars]].
* LaughablyEvil: Tony. It helps that he's played by Creator/BenStiller in his prime.
* MassOhCrap: The revelation that Camp Hope has been sold shocks the entire camp, including veteran campers Josh and Roy.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Kenny the cameraman showed annoyance with Tony's behavior early on, and stiffing him on money caused his HeelFaceTurn.
* TheMole: Turns out Dawson, the ex-Chipmunk who works for Tony (the one who revealed their stash), also sneaks them food. [[FriendInTheBlackMarket if properly compensated.]]
* {{Montage}}: Chipmunk cabin storing their contraband.
* MyGrandmaCanDoBetterThanYou:
--> '''Tony''': My grandma can run faster than you, and she's only got ''one leg''!
* NewEraSpeech: Tony's introduction.
* NiceGuy: Pat, Tim, the original Camp Hope owners and pretty much everyone except for Tony and anyone at Camp MVP.
** Lars becomes this after his Heel-Face Turn
** Nurse Julie is a very Nice ''Girl''.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: See "What An Idiot" in the YMMV page.
* NoSocialSkills: It's clear from his first scene that Tony has no idea how to interact with other people, especially kids.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Tony seems to think he's doing what's best for the kids, completely unaware of how depriving them of food and forcing them to undergo humiliating and downright dangerous exercise regimes makes him look.
* OneOfTheKids: Pat is this, to the detriment of the actual effectiveness of Camp Hope. The original owners appeared to have traces of this too. Nurse Julie shows shades of this with her enthusiastic response to the kids kidnapping Tony. Tim even joins the boys in their junk food binge.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Tony Perkis Sr., the "Lighting Fixture King" of Western Pennsylvania.
* ParentalNeglect: By his own admission Tony Perkis Sr. wasn't the most attentive to his son, possibly bringing out some of his worst nature.
* PrecisionFStrike: If you listen closely after Tony attempts to have the kids climb a mountain, you can hear one of the kids say, "Aw shit."
* PsychopathicManchild: The end of the movie shows Tony to ultimately be this.
* RealityEnsues: As the adults discuss what they should do about Tony, Gerry arrives and proudly shows off how he and the other Chipmunks have captured and imprisoned him. Nurse Julie is impressed... while Pat and Tim point out how highly illegal this is and they can't allow it to continue. Pat goes to untie Tony, who proceeds to insult and threaten him, [[SubvertedTrope which makes Pat change his mind and agree to let the imprisonment continue.]]
** Also takes place regarding Tony kicking Josh out of camp. True, he made a rude joke, but expelling him for one minor offense was *way* over the line. And since Josh's dad is a lawyer, the threat of a lawsuit is enough to get him back into camp.
* RightOnTheTick: The first shot of the movie is a middle school hallway clock, as Gerry is dismissed for the summer at exactly 3:00p.m.
** GetARoom: Two of Gerry's schoolmates celebrate by making out.
* RookieRedRanger: Gerry, who is a first timer at the camp, leads the group against Tony and in the Apache Relay.
* SadlyMythtaken: When trying to inspire the campers during their hike, Tony mixes up the stories of Icarus and Sisyphus. He tells the kids Icarus rolled a ball up a hill and it melted in the sun's heat when he got too close. He closes with "you're all like Icarus," seemingly having no point to make either way.
* SanitySlippage: Tony becomes noticeably more unhinged after getting kidnapped.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Subverted. Nurse Julie is shown to have her own reasons for helping the kids, has a medical degree giving her even more reason to be concerned about the kids, and her romance with Pat builds throughout the story.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: The neighboring camp that Camp Hope competes against. They actually ''contest'' Camp Hope's win against them in the final contest, when it was clearly fair and square.
** A deleted scene shows them discovering that the engine in Gerry's kart was the one that was stolen from one of their boats, so it becomes arguable.
* SeeYouInHell: Lars, to the campers who tied him up: "I'll see you all in HELL!!!"
* {{Sexophone}}: When that beautiful brunette girl approaches the Chipmunks at the dance.
* ShamedByAMob: Tony, at Parents' Weekend.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: After Tony is overthrown, the folks at Camp Hope find out that Lars must maintain employment in order to avoid deportation. Their approaching him with this knowledge provokes his HeelFaceTurn.
* ShoutOut: To, of all things, ''{{Film/Schindlers List}}''.
** The dozens of campers laying on the ground the morning after their sugar rush is a parody of the wounded/dead soldier scene in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Julie draws the infatuation of both Pat and Lars. She warms up to Pat and is repulsed by the more intimidating Lars.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: That picture at the top was the main movie poster, and Ben Stiller doesn't appear anywhere on it. It makes Lars look like the main villain, and for some reason he has different hair.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: The Camp Hope Kids are the slobs, with their overweight and proud of it ways and lack of manners but are still really good kids. The Snobs are both sets of villains: Tony who noticeably starts out in a suit and wears very sleek sportswear throughout the movie while his minions are dressed in matching uniforms and turn the camp into hell, and the rival camp, who have nicer uniforms and look down on the Camp Hope campers and are complete douchebags.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the first two ''[[Film/TheMightyDucks Mighty Ducks]]'' movies. They share the same quirky Disney family-friendly tone along with several actors notably Kenan Thompson ("Russ Tyler" from ''D2'' and ''D3''), Shaun Weiss (who many remember as "Goldberg") and Aaron Schwartz who was in the first ''Ducks'' film.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: We never see any other campers besides the Chipmunks, and they're only implied to exist a few times.
* StandardSnippet: The scene where everyone is enjoying The Blob is set to "The Blue Danube Waltz".
** The sugar rush scene is set to "The Thieving Magpie Overture".
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:A much calmer Tony, having apparently found New-Age religion, is selling crystals door to door; the target of his pitch slams the door on him.]]
* SummerCampy: Subverted. The camp really is dreadful (though, fortunately, just temporarily).
* TakeThat: Josh explaining how he got back into camp after being ejected.
-->'''Josh:''' Perkis sent me home without a refund. However, my dad's a lawyer. He calls up Perkis, threatens to sue, and Perkis caved like the Buffalo Bills in (UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XXVIII).
* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed and then some. It's obvious to everyone BUT Tony that his weight loss methods are actually harming the campers, and bordering on dangerous.
* TrainingMontage: Tony's first morning in charge.
* TrueCompanions: Chipmunk Cabin
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Tony
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Ben Stiller plays both Tony Perkins as well as his father, Tony Perkis Sr.
* {{Undercrank}}: When the chipmunk bunk is being loaded with contraband.
* TheUnfettered: Tony is very, very passionate and driven about his goal to "Perkisize" the camp. By the second half of the movie, though, he's bordering on AxCrazy.
* VillainDecay: Lars is pretty scary at first, but once his cowardice and incompetence start to come out, the threat is gone.
* VillainHasAPoint: Not that it excuses Tony's deranged behavior, but the Camp Hope kids weren't making ''any effort'' to lose weight. Yeah confiscating the candy isn't a nice thing to do, but it is one of Tony's jobs as a fitness instructor. Pat himself lectures the campers that just because Tony wasn't doing the right thing doesn't mean they shouldn't lose weight.
* VillainousBreakdown: Tony seems to have one after tripping and falling during his [[ItMakesSenseInContext attempt to exit the dining hall by doing backflips]]. He's shown leaving the camp wrapped in a blanket and in something of a daze, being escorted away.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Tony has shades of this, especially near the end of the movie when his father comes to straighten things out. Perkins Sr. actually admits that he was an inattentive parent but remarks that it does not excuse Tony's actions.
** Gerry too, though to a much lighter degree.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Bushkins are never seen or heard from again after leaving the camp.
* WhatTheHellHero: The camp counselors to the kids when they kidnap Tony and freak out over how much trouble they could get with the law for tying up the owner of the camp.
** Subverted when Tony insulted Pat before Pat could free him.
* YankTheDogsChain: At the dance, the boys and girls don't want to dance with each other. Suddenly, a knockout walks towards the guys, and they assume she's going to ask one of them for a dance. Turns out she just wanted to know where the bathroom was.