Director: Ivan Reitman Year: 1979 Run Time: 93min

This ode to summer camp is a true Canadian classic and features Bill Murray in his first starring role. He plays Tripper, a prankster and a flirt who can’t help teasing his boss and the counsellors at the nearby rich kids’ camp.

Everyone, including Tripper, is sick and tired of perennially losing the Camp Olympics. It’s only by encouraging all campers to try their hardest — including young Rudy (Makepeace), who has self-esteem issues — that Tripper and his troops can hope to emerge triumphant. Full of wacky pranks, lively high jinks and a lot of touching moments, Meatballs is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

Meatballs won the Genie Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Lynch), as well as the Golden Reel Award, given to the film with the biggest box office gross of the year.

Staff Pick:

"The ultimate Canadian summer camp movie. You want to know why? "It just doesn't matter"." —Rebecca


Ivan Reitman


Len Blum, Dan Goldberg, Janis Allen, Harold Ramis


John Dunning, Dan Goldberg, André Link


Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Chris Makepeace, Jack Blum


Comedy, Family




English, French


Meatballs is filmed and set in Ontario. Ivan Reitman is from Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
PG Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
G Québec
PG Saskatchewan
PG Yukon