Time Out says

This was apparently inspired by the experience of a Corman PR man who had a poignant moment once while watching Animal House. Filmed as light entertainment in the Canadian backwoods, Meatballs features a cast in search of a good time at summer camp. Camp counsellor Tripper (Murray) is a John Belushi clone whose 'charisma' dominates the film's standard wackiness and sentimental story (of a kid who doesn't fit). Learning to fit is what this dodo of a camp is all about, showing that the American Way is big and blowsy enough to take a few off-the-wall-style persons, once the ol' sexuality is straightened out.


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