MEATBALLS PART II
Nobody is pretending that Meatballs was a masterpiece, but Meatballs Part II makes it look like a high art. Some films are dumb, some scrape the bottom of the barrel but Meatballs Part II not only scrapes through and starts tunnelling down into the ground on the other side. The film fails to generate a single smile of amusement or laugh on the slightest level. Some of the dialogue, especially the scenes with Kim Richards talking about pinkies, leaves one squirming in embarrassment.
To the summer camp setting and hijinks of Meatballs, Meatballs Part II adds a cute alien, clearly inspired by the then recent success of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). It is hard to imagine how worse a film could get than naming an E.T. clone Meathead. Meathead sits just like the papier-mâché model it probably is the film could possibly win some award for the least significant use ever of an E.T. in a film. This film is so torpid one is unable even reach for the anger reserved for genuinely mind-insulting films.
Meatballs Part II was directed by Ken Wiederhorn, a minor director who once made the decent Nazi zombie effort Shock Waves (1977) (which can be seen screening as the camps film). Wiederhorn has also made the slasher film Eyes of a Stranger (1981), the unfunny Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988) and the non-genre hostage drama A House in the Hills (1993), as well as uncredited additional work on the ghost story Dark Tower (1987).
The subsequent Meatballs sequels were: Meatballs III: Summer Job (1987), which is a fantasy film that concerns an angel come down to Earth to help a teen lose his virginity, and Meatballs 4 (1992), which returns to the summer camp hijinks formula but contains no fantastic elements.
Clip from the film here:-