I can probably trace back my taste in men to Bill Murray, because I have always had a thing for a smart-ass. Especially when there is a touch of the rebel and the slacker in there, and in Ivan Reitman's 1979 comedy Meatballs, Murray was all of those things rolled into a neat little package. So in honor of my (questionable) taste in men and the summer movie season, today's Summer Scenes We Love is dedicated to Reitman's summer camp classic. After all, there is nothing that spells S-U-M-M-E-R like a coming of age story and sleep-away camp (No, not that one).
Meatballs was written by Harold Ramis (along with Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg, and Janis Allen) and starred Murray (in his first lead role) as head counselor Tripper Harrison. The story, at least what little there was, centered on the counselors-in-training and campers at the low-rent summer spot, Camp North Star as they find summer love and take on the posh kids from Camp Mohawk across the lake. There are many funny moments to choose from, but the scene I truly love is when Tripper gives possibly the best (and the worst) pep talk in cinematic history, with the added bonus that you can spot some similarities between Tripper's motivational speech and Bluto rallying the Deltas in Animal House (which was also produced by Reitman and partially written by Ramis one year before).
Reitman's summer camp comedy ranked third in it's opening weekend and pulled in $77,170, but thanks to DVD releases and nostalgia junkies like myself, the film has earned over $42 million over the last 20-odd years. Which is why it shouldn't come as a surprise that there has been talk of Lionsgate mounting a remake (or a sequel). But luckily, my beloved CITs are safe, at least for now, but if a sub-par remake ever does surface I'll have the perfect mantra on hand to cheer me up.
After the jump; "it just doesn't matter....it just doesn't matter...."
As an added bonus: the disco classic from the film, Makin' It, by David Naughton (who is probably better known as David Kessler in American Werewolf in London).