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Feldman portrays a ne'er-do-well water skier hired by owner Jack Nance to serve as recreation director of Lakeside Water Ski Camp. Their enemy is Sarah Douglas of nearby Twin Oaks camp who wants to buy Nance out and use his site for real estate development.

With:
Ricky Wade ... Corey Feldman Neil Peterson ... Jack Nance Monica ... Sarah Douglas Wes ... Bojesse Christopher Victor ... Johnny Cocktails Howie ... J. Trevor Edmond Jennifer ... Paige French Dick ... John Mendoza Kyle ... Bentley Mitchum Hillary ... Christy Thom Kelly ... Deborah Tucker With: Frank Walton, Kristi Ducati, Monique de Lacy, Wendy Nichols. NEW YORK--Wisecracking Corey Feldman highlights this summer comedy, which should do just fine for HBO Video in the rental market. Film received a modest theatrical run in March in Cincinnati and various Southern cities. Series dates back 13 years to the Ivan Reitman-helmed Canadian comedy "Meatballs," which launched Bill Murray as a movie star. Subsequent entries have strayed from the young campers format, with Part IV more closely resembling "Hot Dog ... the Movie" on water skis.

Feldman portrays a ne’er-do-well water skier hired by owner Jack Nance to serve as recreation director of Lakeside Water Ski Camp. Their enemy is Sarah Douglas of nearby Twin Oaks camp who wants to buy Nance out and use his site for real estate development.

Two camps are competing in an annual ski meet, and Douglas’ henchmen contrive to sabotage Feldman’s efforts. Lakeside wins anyway, and film climaxes in a corny winner-take-all rematch.

Lame plotting is just an excuse for some OK water skiing stunts. Filmmaker Bob Logan takes care to include as much T&A jiggle scenes of his scantily clad female cast (such as a game of strip charades), which should gain high marks among adolescent vid renters.

Feldman’s act is obnoxious, but that’s what the script calls for. He even includes some self-deprecating humor at fadeout, when he turns to the camera to protest that he’s a movie star: “I was in ‘Goonies.’ ”

Nance, who starred in David Lynch’s “Eraserhead,” is amusing, as is the colorfully monikered chubby comedian Johnny Cocktails. Distaff cast is pretty but not given much to do acting-wise.

Meatballs 4

(Comedy--Color)

Production: A Moviestore Entertainment release and production. Produced by Donald P. Borchers. Executive producer, Ken Halloway. Directed by Bob Logan. Screenplay, Logan.

Crew: Camera (Film House color), Vance Burberry; editor, Peter H. Verity; music , Steve Hunter; sound (Ultra-Stereo), Beau Franklin; production design, Dorian Vernacchio, Deborah Raymond; costume design, Angela Calin; assistant director/associate producer, Kris Krengel; production manager, Bruce Gillies; water ski coordinator, P.J. Marks; stunt coordinator, Kurt Bryant. Reviewed on HBO vidcassette, N.Y., June 9, 1992. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 87 min.

With: Ricky Wade ... Corey Feldman Neil Peterson ... Jack Nance Monica ... Sarah Douglas Wes ... Bojesse Christopher Victor ... Johnny Cocktails Howie ... J. Trevor Edmond Jennifer ... Paige French Dick ... John Mendoza Kyle ... Bentley Mitchum Hillary ... Christy Thom Kelly ... Deborah Tucker With: Frank Walton, Kristi Ducati, Monique de Lacy, Wendy Nichols. NEW YORK--Wisecracking Corey Feldman highlights this summer comedy, which should do just fine for HBO Video in the rental market. Film received a modest theatrical run in March in Cincinnati and various Southern cities. Series dates back 13 years to the Ivan Reitman-helmed Canadian comedy "Meatballs," which launched Bill Murray as a movie star. Subsequent entries have strayed from the young campers format, with Part IV more closely resembling "Hot Dog ... the Movie" on water skis.

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