Wet Hot American SummerApril 11, 2002
Summer camp hijinks, set in 1981.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.5/10 (14,057 voted)
Critic's Score: 42/100
Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter
The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day.
Writers: Michael Showalter, David Wain
David Hyde Pierce
Gerald 'Coop' Cooperberg
Michael Ian Black
Gail von Kleinenstein
Joe Lo Truglio
It was the last day of summer camp. It was the first day of the third week in August.
Eureka Pictures |
Release Date: 11 April 2002
Filming Locations: Honesdale, Pennsylvania, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $17,481
(29 July 2001)
(7 October 2001)
Did You Know?
Although called wet hot, the credits thank the crew for surviving a cold, wet Pennsylvania spring. You can also see the actors' breaths at points during the movie.
During the baseball speech, one of the campers is wearing a New Jersey Nets hat. The logo on his hat wasn't adopted until the 1990-1991 season, while the film is set in 1981.
Before we start, I'd just like to say the campers you're about to see suck dick! But nevertheless, please welcome them.
A Cult Classic of Epic Proportions
"Wet Hot American Summer" is an overlooked comic gem and an absurdest
spoof of those god-awful summer camp movies from the 1980's. If you
enjoy "Monty Python" style sketch humor or were a fan of "The State"
(many of the players are employed here) or "Kids in the Hall," then
this is the ticket for you. People who enjoy humor more in line with
the Farelly Brothers or the "American Pie" films probably just won't
"get this." It's all a matter of taste and your sense of humor. But
seriously, how can you go wrong with a movie that has a pep talk from a
talking can of vegetables or an overly dramatic chase scene where the
person doing the chasing is thwarted by a single barrel of hay in the
middle of a wide open road? My personal favorite is when the guy is
driving the van singing along to "Danny's Song" and then out of nowhere
screams bloody murder as he slams into a tree. Oh, and who can forget
the hilariously rapid decent into the underworld of drugs and despair
by the kids spending an hour away from camp in town? This is also a
must see for people who appreciate Janeane Garafalo's comic timing and
Molly Shannon's bizarre brand of humor. This film was grossly
overlooked when it hit theaters, but I think there is a cult following
waiting for this movie. I hope these people are allowed to collaborate
on another comedy. If they are, then we may have a new dawn of "Monty
Python" style humor infecting the barbarian hordes.