Now that the weather is getting warmer and everyone is pining for summer to a nauseating extent, what would be more appropriate for a Murray of the month than ‘Meatballs‘ (1979)? If you went to a summer camp as a child, you’ll probably agree that this is pretty much what it was like, although none of the counselors was ever as cool as Tripper and the comedy was less scripted. While using words like ‘heartwarming’ and ‘good clean fun’ to describe a film would usually make me want to self-harm, Bill Murray saves the day and the film in the process, making this a watchable feel good movie. Never thought that would be possible but it turns out nothing is impossible for Bill. Coincidentally, the film turned Murray into an A-list talent and established him as a solid comedy actor and a leading man.
There is plenty of Murray-esque one-liners, lengthy monologues that seem at least in part improvised and even the supporting cast (because, let’s face it, that’s what everyone else in this film is) grows on you after the second or third watch. Ideal for that Sunday afternoon matinee when too much thinking would hurt your brain and you feel like enjoying a Murray classic.