YMMV / Heavyweights

  • Base Breaker: Nicholas, the British camper, especially at the end of the Apache Relay, with a remark to the Camp MVP competitor that "You Americans have no sense of history."
  • Cult Classic: It wasn't a box office success in theaters, but it later became this thanks to repeated airings on Disney Channel and Ben Stiller becoming a big star.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The shot of the kid with the marshmallow creme facepaint having chocolate thrown at his mouth ends looking strangely like a Juggalo, who are known for having similar facepaint schemes (but not with chocolate and marshmallow creme).
    • Both Aaron Schwartz (Gerry) and Shaun Weiss (Josh) wound up losing a lot of weight by the time they became adults.
    • This wouldn't be the last time Ben Stiller would play a villainous fitness guru. Or a histrionic loudmouthed egotist named 'Tony'.
  • Memetic Mutation: BUDDYYYYYYYY
  • Moral Event Horizon: Tony was a complete dickbag the whole movie, but when the failure of the campers to lose weight pushes him too far, he decides that anyone who hasn't met their weight loss goals will be forced to join him in a 20-mile hike through the wilderness. And when they actually pull it off, he decides to take them to climb a massive rock face barehanded; Fridge Horror would presume that Tony probably didn't bring any actual mountain climbing equipment with him like harnesses or ropes, making this a life-threatening idea. Even physically fit children would struggle to get through a day like this. Little wonder the latter announcement was the last straw that made the campers take drastic actions to overthrow him.
  • Narm: The kid who says "I think they cheatin'" is easily the worst actor in the film and his entire bit in the film clearly shows that he's not an actor by trade.
    • Gerry's letter to his grandmother begins "Somebody once said War Is Hell, but they'd never been to fat camp." This is before Tony completely loses his mind and turns into a psychopath, at this point all he had been done was confiscate their hidden stores of food and remove some of the recreational facilities. It does come off as played-for-comedy melodrama, though, especially in comparison to what happens next.
  • Real-Life Relative: Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, and Ben Stiller.
  • Strawman Has a Point: As completely insane as Tony was, he did kinda have a point that the camp was totally ineffectual at reducing the campers' weight and needed a lot of change. Although it seems that the previous owners were more concerned about the kids feeling good about themselves then making them lose weight, but that wasn't what their parents paid for.
    • Pat also pointed that out after they got rid of Tony and found a happy medium between not helping them lose weight at all and the nightmare that was Tony Perkis.
  • What an Idiot: At one point, Gerry and the other campers mastermind a scheme to "kidnap" Tony by tricking him into falling into a pit, and then tying him up and then locking him up. When the counselors find out, they're horrified, since as bad as Tony is, it's still illegal to kidnap someone. So Pat moves to let Tony out, and if Tony had left it at that, he would've won. Instead, when Pat takes off Tony's gag, Tony takes the opportunity to insult Pat and threaten him, prompting Pat to put the gag back on and offer to help the kids with their plans instead of freeing Tony. If Tony had been able to turn off his Jerkass personality for one measly second, he would've gotten off scot-free.