director Ivan Reitman
I really liked Meatballs as a kid. The funny thing about it is that it’s a “clean” kind of comedy summer movie. It’s the early Bill Murray movie. He’d go on very quickly to make better movies, more classically funny, even with director Ivan Reitman a year or two later in Stripes (1981) and Ghostbusters (1984). Between Meatballs and My Bodyguard (1980), I really liked kid actor Chris Makepeace.
Looking for movies to watch with the kids, I’d queued both of those up. I hadn’t seen either one in eons. But interestingly someone somewhere in my internet circle of information made some comment about “Rudy the rabbit” and the bell rang. I thought we’d give it a shot.
It’s a summer camp movie, centrally focused on Bill Murray’s head counselor role of Tripper Harrison, the good-natured goof, who pranks and charms his way around camp, taking the shy Rudy under his wing, while rallying the camp against the opposite rich Camp Mohawk across the lake.
Murray carries the movie, which really is pretty average at best. It’s funny to see him, all shaggy-haired, the romping silly. It’s funny that he would go on to become one of the great American comic actors, or maybe it’s not so odd since he was always very funny. I guess it’s just interesting how he evolved from there.
Felix was more or less amused.