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The Video Vacuum

MEATBALLS 4 (1992) **

Meatballs was a good kids movie, but if it didn’t have Bill Murray in it, nobody would’ve remembered it. Meatballs 2 was an OK 80’s sequel that I enjoy more than most would, just because I have fond memories of seeing it in the theater as a kid. I never saw Meatballs 3, so I can’t comment on it, but Part 4 has lots of T & A in it, which is more than I can say for Meatballs 1 and 2.

Jack Nance owns a waterskiing camp and every year, his campers compete with a rival camp, ran by Sarah Douglas in a big waterskiing tournament. Corey Feldman is Nance’s only hope for winning, but he’s so cocky that most of the campers resent him. The disgruntled water-skiers then jump shit (heh) to Douglas’ camp and Feldman has to man-up and prove he’s as good as he says he is.

Meatballs 4 was directed by Bob Logan, the man who did the decent Exorcist spoof, Repossessed. This one isn’t nearly as good as that film, but it’s watchable. I mean, there are plenty of summer camp movies out there and there are plenty of movies with the number 4 in it. Meatballs 4 is about middle of the road on both counts.

There are some novel moments here. There’s a strip charades scene and a part where Feldman plays chicken on jet skis. However, most of the jokes revolve around people falling off of water skis, which isn’t very funny. Neither is a lot of Feldman’s blustering, but I have to admit that the part where he dances like MJ at a party while a faux version of “Black or White” plays on the soundtrack made me laugh.

Corey gets the best line of the movie when he addresses a woman’s cleavage and says, “Bill… Ted… Been on any excellent adventures lately?” He also gets meta at the end of the flick when he tells a babe: “I was in The Goonies!”

AKA: Happy Campers. AKA: Summer Vacation.

Tags: comedy, m, sequel
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