A Disney movie released in 1995, Heavyweights is the story of Gerald 'Gerry' Gardner and his mates at Camp Hope — a Fat Camp. Once a place filled with fun and go-karts, the camp is bought out by Tony Perkis, who intends to use the campers to make his own weight loss infomercial. Gerry and his friends are subjected to 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 Ben Stiller in one early — and definitely unique — role. It was also one of the first writing credits for Judd Apatow, which explains its edgier execution.
Binge Montage: 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.
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.
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.
Cool Old Guy: Tony Perkis Sr. seems to have it a lot more together than his son.
Germanic Efficiency: 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.
Gibberish of Love: When Nurse Julie asks Pat where the infirmary is, he chokes, despite having twenty years of experience at Camp Hope.
Gilligan Cut: Used when Gerry refuses to watch the Camp Hope video, and again when he refuses to go to camp.
Mass "Oh, Crap!": The revelation that Camp Hope has been sold shocks the entire camp, including veteran campers Josh and Roy.
Mixed Metaphor: Tony mixes up the story of Icarus and Sisyphus, telling 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.
One of the Kids: 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.
Right on the Tick: The first shot of the movie is a middle school hallway clock, as Gerry is dismissed for the summer at exactly 3:00p.m.
Get a Room!: Two of Gerry's schoolmates celebrate by making out.
Rookie Red Ranger: Gerry, who is a first timer at the camp but by the end is leading the group against Tony and in the Apache Relay.
Sanity Slippage: Tony becomes noticeably more unhinged after getting kidnapped.
Satellite Love Interest: 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.
Second Place Is for Losers: 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.
Sexophone: When a beautiful girl approaches the Chipmunks at the dance.
Slobs Versus Snobs: 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.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: We never see any other campers besides the Chipmunks, and they're only implied to exist a few times.
Standard Snippet: The scene where everyone is enjoying The Blob is set to "The Blue Danube Waltz".
The Stinger: 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.
Summer Campy: Subverted. The camp really is dreadful (though, fortunately, just temporarily).
Take That: 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 threatened to sue, and Perkis caved like the Buffalo Bills in (Super Bowl XXVII).
Training from Hell: Decontructed and then some. It's obvious to everyone BUT Tony that his weight loss methods are actually harming the campers, and bordering on super-dangerous.