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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