As inspirational speeches go, Bill Murray's are the best, even when they are based primarily on non-inspirational subject matter. This infamous scene toward the end of Meatballs, when Murray's character coaches and coaxes the campers and other counselors before the final day of competition, defines irony as the "coach" encourages his participants to be apathetic! He justs wants them to have fun, to not be overcompetitive. After all, Murray points out, it just doesn't matter whether his team wins or loses; " . . . all the really good looking girls will still go out with the guys from Mohawk [the rival camp] 'cause they got all the money!" Even though the implication is that hard work won't overcome privilege, Murray employs a bit of reverse psychology with the "troops", with the hope that they will be victorious in the end.

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