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A 1979 comedy about a summer camp, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Creator/BillMurray.

At Camp North Star, Tripper Harrison (Murray) leads the counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

Followed by several InNameOnly sequels, none of which featured Murray or any of the rest of the original cast.

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A The ''Meatballs'' franchise is a series of films that revolve around teenagers attending camps in summer, and getting into all sorts of crazy shenanigans at the behest of rebellious authority figures.

The series originated as a
1979 comedy about a summer camp, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Creator/BillMurray.

At Camp
Creator/BillMurray. Rudy Gerner (Chris Makepeace) is sent to a summer camp, North Star, by his overbearing father, where he meets a motley crew of other teenagers being led by head counselor Tripper Harrison (Murray) (Murray). Harrison is the head of a group of councillors-in-training at the camp, and takes every opportunity to make practical jokes at the expense of the other employees.

Over the course of the summer, Rudy and Tripper bond, while several of the other teens get into hilarious situations and relationships. The summer culminates in a competition against a rival camp, Mohawk, who are trying to defend their undefeated record in various sports. Tripper subsequently
leads the counselors teens to victory by inspiring them... even if it doesn't matter in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

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The film was followed
by several InNameOnly sequels, sequels (most InNameOnly), none of which featured Murray or any of the rest of the original cast.
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* ''Meatballs II'' (1984): Two competing camps, Sasquatch and Patton, are drawn into an end-of-summer boxing match to see who will "own" the nearby lake both camps are situated near. At the same time, an alien is left on Earth by his parents and is adopted by the kids, who help him understand the planet's culture.
* ''Meatballs III: Summer Job'' (1986): [[TimeSkip Several years after the events of the first film]], Rudy is now a young man, and goes to work at a river resort for the summer. At the same time, an adult film star is killed in a freak accident, but is denied entrance into the afterlife until she can help someone on Earth. The star, Roxy, [[ExcusePlot elects to help Rudy]] [[AManIsNotAVirgin lose his virginity]], while he has to deal with an assortment of colourful characters during the summer.
* ''Meatballs 4: To The Rescue'' (1992): A summer camp, facing serious financial difficulties, rehires one of their former waterskiing instructors (played by Creator/CoreyFeldman) to drum up attendance for the upcoming season. The camp also has to deal with a rival (representing a nearby camp) who is trying to buy them out, which leads to a showdown between the two camps.



* DeadpanSnarker: [[Creator/BillMurray Tripper]].

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The main crux of the third film is that Roxy is trying to help Rudy get laid. However, the first time Roxy helps him meet a hot blonde who is practically throwing herself at him, Rudy refuses on the grounds that "I want someone who likes me for me." Roxy calls him out on this.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[Creator/BillMurray Tripper]].Tripper]], who takes every opportunity to snark at his fellow councillors and the campers.



* FailedASpotCheck: At the end Tripper moves Morty's bed with Morty in it to a raft on the lake. Morty doesn't notice until he falls into the water. Morty just waking up might explain some grogginess, but waking up to the sky should have been an eye opener.
* FatBestFriend: Fink is this to Spaz of the Type A variety.
* GhostStory: Tripper tells a ghost story (the urban legend "[[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/hook.asp The Hook]]") to the children around a campfire. At the end he reveals that he is wearing a hook, causing the kids to run off screaming.

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* FailedASpotCheck: At the end end, Tripper moves Morty's bed with Morty in it to a raft on the lake. Morty doesn't notice until he falls into the water. Morty just waking up might explain some grogginess, but waking up to the sky should have been an eye opener.
* FatBestFriend: Fink is this to Spaz Spaz, of the Type A variety.
* FirstGirlWins: In '''III''', Rudy eventually realizes he loves Wendy, and they decide to begin a relationship at the end of the film.
* GhostStory: Tripper tells a ghost story (the urban legend "[[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/hook.asp The Hook]]") to the children around a campfire. At the end end, he reveals that he is wearing a hook, causing the kids to run off screaming.screaming.
* GroinAttack: One of the woman Rudy tries to seduce in the third film knees him in the groin to get him to stop his advances.



* InNameOnly: None of the sequels had anything to do with the original outside of being set in a camp. The second film was a DolledUpInstallment shot under the name ''Space Kid'' while the third and fourth films threw out the concept of the relationships between the campers and the counselors in favor of ripping off the ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' franchise.

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* InNameOnly: None of the sequels had anything to do with the original outside of being set in a camp. The second film was a DolledUpInstallment shot under the name ''Space Kid'' while the third and fourth films threw out the concept of the relationships between the campers and the counselors in favor of ripping off the ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' franchise.franchise. The third reuses one of the characters from the original (Rudy) and briefly explains [[PutOnABus why Tripper isn't around]], but is set at a waterskiing resort and has a completely different cast. The fourth film also has yet another different set of competing camps. This could be explained by the fact that the second and fourth films originally began life as different projects that were retooled to fit under the "Meatballs" banner.


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* PutOnABus: Tripper, as of the third film. When Rudy goes to the marina to work for him, he learns (via a voiceover from a soundalike and a letter) that Tripper sold the marina in order to fulfill his dream... of managing an all-female wrestling team.


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* SameStoryDifferentNames: Both the second and fourth films deal with a summer camp that is besieged by a rival that is trying to buy them out, and the climax of both films centering around a tournament (a boxing match in ''II'', a waterskiing competition in ''4'') that will decide the fate of the camp, just like the Olympiad competition in the original film.


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* StrictlyFormula: All three sequels fall into the same formula of following an outsider who goes to a summer camp, meets a cast of wild characters, and gets roped into a competition between two rival camps to see who will dominate a summer-end sports competition.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/AnimalHouse''. It helps that Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis worked on that film as well.


* BattleChant: A non-military version of this. The Camp North Star summer camp is losing badly to their rivals Camp Mohawk. Head Counsellor Tripper Harrison gives the Camp North Star members a rousing speech including the slogan "it just doesn't matter", and by the end they're all chanting it.

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* BattleChant: A non-military version of this. The Camp North Star summer camp is losing badly to their rivals Camp Mohawk. Head Counsellor Tripper Harrison gives the Camp North Star members a rousing speech including the slogan "it "It just doesn't matter", and by the end they're all chanting it.



* BurpingContest: Tripper has a friendly belching contest with Rudy.



* EatingContest: There's a hot-dog eating contest as part of the competition between the two camps.



* MysteryMeat

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* MysteryMeatGhostStory: Tripper tells a ghost story (the urban legend "[[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/madmen/hook.asp The Hook]]") to the children around a campfire. At the end he reveals that he is wearing a hook, causing the kids to run off screaming.
* HeavySleeper: Morty sleeps so soundly that one of the {{running gags}} of the movie was to move him and his bed into strange places.
* InNameOnly: None of the sequels had anything to do with the original outside of being set in a camp. The second film was a DolledUpInstallment shot under the name ''Space Kid'' while the third and fourth films threw out the concept of the relationships between the campers and the counselors in favor of ripping off the ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' franchise.
* MysteryMeat:



* RousingSpeech: "It just doesn't matter!"

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* RousingSpeech: "It Tripper's terrific "it just doesn't matter!"matter" rant rouses the entire camp to victory, even while emphasizing the superiority of their opponents and underscoring the pointlessness of the game.



* SlobsVersusSnobs: Camp North Star vs. Camp Mohawk.

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* SlobsVersusSnobs: The slobs from Camp North Star vs. versus the snobs from Camp Mohawk.Mohawk. Tripper gives an iconic speech just before the climactic showdown admitting that beating the snobs won't matter, since even in defeat they'd still be rich.

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* BigEater: Both Fink and "the Stomach" in the hot dog eating contest.


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* FatBestFriend: Fink is this to Spaz of the Type A variety.


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At Camp North Star, Tripper (Murray) leads the counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

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At Camp North Star, Tripper Harrison (Murray) leads the counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.


A 1979 Creator/BillMurray comedy about a summer camp. Tripper (Murray) leads the camp counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

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A 1979 Creator/BillMurray comedy about a summer camp. camp, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Creator/BillMurray.

At Camp North Star,
Tripper (Murray) leads the camp counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

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Followed by several InNameOnly sequels, none of which featured Murray or any of the rest of the original cast.


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1979 Creator/BillMurray comedy about a summer camp. Tripper (Murray) leads the camp counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

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A
1979 Creator/BillMurray comedy about a summer camp. Tripper (Murray) leads the camp counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

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* FailedASpotCheck: At the end Tripper moves Morty's bed with Morty in it to a raft on the lake. Morty doesn't notice until he falls into the water. Morty just waking up might explain some grogginess, but waking up to the sky should have been an eye opener.


1979 BillMurray comedy about a summer camp. Tripper (Murray) leads the camp counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

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1979 BillMurray Creator/BillMurray comedy about a summer camp. Tripper (Murray) leads the camp counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.



* DeadpanSnarker: [[BillMurray Tripper]].

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* DeadpanSnarker: [[BillMurray [[Creator/BillMurray Tripper]].



* TheVoice: Tripper does double-duty as the P.A. announcer for the camp. Thank God Tripper is played by [[DeadpanSnarker Bill]] [[BillMurray Murray]].

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* TheVoice: Tripper does double-duty as the P.A. announcer for the camp. Thank God Tripper is played by [[DeadpanSnarker Bill]] [[BillMurray [[Creator/BillMurray Murray]].

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* BattleChant: A non-military version of this. The Camp North Star summer camp is losing badly to their rivals Camp Mohawk. Head Counsellor Tripper Harrison gives the Camp North Star members a rousing speech including the slogan "it just doesn't matter", and by the end they're all chanting it.

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1979 BillMurray comedy about a summer camp. Tripper (Murray) leads the camp counselors in [[HilarityEnsues Wacky Hijinks]] against both their strait-laced boss Morty and the evil-ish rich-kids camp across the lake.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* ButtMonkey: Morty and Spaz.
** Rudy is mostly treated as this off-camera. He gets better.
* ChekhovsGun: Rudy and Tripper bonding as early morning joggers. [[spoiler:Rudy's marathon win against the Camp Mohawk ringer gives Camp North Star its victory over the hated rich-kid's camp.]]
* ComingOfAge: Rudy is the loner geek kid suffering at the camp who learns to accept the challenges of growing up, instead of withdrawing from the world. Also, he wins a ton of peanuts from Tripper in a poker game.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[BillMurray Tripper]].
* DistractedByTheSexy: Spaz, whenever he's around busty Wendy.
* MysteryMeat
-->'''Tripper''':Here's an update on tonight's dinner. ''It was veal''. I repeat, ''veal''. The winner of tonight's [[TropeNamer Mystery Meat]] contest is Jeffrey Corbin who guessed "some kind of beef."
* RousingSpeech: "It just doesn't matter!"
* SlapSlapKiss: A lot of that going on between the guys and girls' counselors, but the movie focuses on the crazy relationship between Tripper and Roxanne.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Camp North Star vs. Camp Mohawk.
* SummerCampy: The first one is arguably the funniest Summer Camp movie yet made.
* {{Understatement}}:
** During the basketball game between the North Star campers versus the Mohawk guys: "Our guys don't look so good."
** Also: "Well, the zone is not working..."
* TheVoice: Tripper does double-duty as the P.A. announcer for the camp. Thank God Tripper is played by [[DeadpanSnarker Bill]] [[BillMurray Murray]].
-->'''Tripper''': Important announcement, some hunters have been seen in the woods near Piney Ridge Trail and the Fish and Game Commission has raised the legal kill limit on campers to three. So if you're hiking today, please wear something bright and keep low. Good luck.
-->'''Tripper''': Attention, campers. Arts and crafts has been canceled due to bad taste. All junior girls are now junior boys. And Nurse [=DeMarco=] says that raccoon fever epidemic is officially over! Hey! You on the water skis! (guy on the skis freaks out and falls into the lake)
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