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Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Janeane Garofalo , David Hyde Pierce , David Wain  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  • Directors: David Wain
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUIH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wet Hot American Summer" on IMDb

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Get ready for laughs with an all-star cast in the outrageous comedy Wet Hot American Summer. It’s the last day of Camp Firewood’s season, but there’s still time for the big talent show, a little romance… and for everyone to be wiped out by the piece of NASA’s Skylab that’s hurtling toward Earth. David Wain (Role Models) directs Paul Rudd (Knocked Up), Elizabeth Banks (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Amy Poehler (Baby Mama), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), and David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) in the romp Michael Agger at The New Yorker calls “hilarious!” As AintItCool.com claims, “imagine your American Pie and Scary Movie type teen film with a great cast, a hysterical and far wittier script, and tongue planted firmly in cheek” and you have Wet Hot American Summer!

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now, this was one funny movie. May 10, 2002
Format:DVD
If you liked The State, the sketch comedy show from MTV, then you'll most likely laugh at the same people here. Most of the cast is in this film, and Michael Showalter and David Wain (also the director) co-wrote it.
It's the last day of camp in the summer of 1981. Janeane Garofalo plays the camp director who falls in love with the local physicist, David Hyde Pierce. But the real star is Showalter, who plays "Coop," trying to get the girl of his dreams to fall for him, in spite of her "love" for vapid Paul Rudd (who reminded me a lot of Trey Parker here, for some reason).
This movie is basically a take-off of the `80's camp films like Meatballs. You know, the ones they used to show on USA Up All Night. And every possible gag is included here, including a few I didn't see coming (like the trip to "town").
One thing, though, keep in mind while you watch it that all of this is happening during the span of one day.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE most underrated movies of 2001! January 31, 2002
Format:DVD
I had heard good things about this movie when it was at Sundance, but it seemed bypass the Chicago are almost entirely. So I rented the DVD, and this movie was hilarious. It's a shame that movies like American Pie 2 and Dung Pow (or whatever that awful-looking Martial Arts movie is called) are considered 'daring' and 'edgy' because of a few gross-out gags and little else. This movie was edgier and more daring than any comedy I've seen since the classic "Where's Poppa". It is most simply a parody of early 80's summer camp flicks, but it also has a bizarre, absurdist genius to it all it's own. Not every gag works, but it has enough unforgettable lines and sequences to ensure it's eventual evolution into true cult classic. The cast is all great, but the best is Chris Melloni (of Oz and Law & Order SVU) who is freakishly hilarious in his role as the camp cook. You don't just have to be a fan of MTV's the State to enjoy this as I have never seen the show. This film won't be for everyone, but I have a feeling that a lot of reviewers who hate the film are missing the fact that this isn't just a by-the-numbers parody like Scary Movie and even lesser pieces of garbage. It is more of a masterpiece of genuine insanity that I really believe will gain favour as the years pass. Along with Jack Nicholson's The Pledge (as different a film from this as you can get) this is truly one of the films that got away in 2001. Don't miss your chance now (and be sure to check out the deleted scenes; Melloni has some great bits that shouldn't have been cut).
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You either get it or you don't September 7, 2004
Format:DVD
Wet Hot American Summer is a movie which I have to admit I wasn't thrilled by the first time I saw it, but the second time I really started to understand the humor and now it is my favorite comedy. The type of comedy in the movie (as others have stated) is very different then what you would normally see in prime time, but it gets more and more hilarious everytime you watch it... love it...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I found it hilarious.. March 27, 2002
Format:DVD
but it's definitely not for everyone. As the reviews show, this is a movie that you either love or hate.
As some of the negative reviews have mentioned, there is a major lack of continuity in this film. This is something that made it really funny, in my opinion, and I would be willing to bet that those people didn't even notice exactly how much blatant discontinuity there was. In one particular scene, a character returns from a short trip with long, raggedy hair to talk to another character, and when the camera returns to him after she says something, his hair is at the length it was when he left. Just a couple minutes later, a similar thing happens with another character, even more obvious this time. I don't know about you, but I thought that was quite funny.
What I think is a problem for those who don't like this movie is that they expect some blunt parody of the 80's camp movies, when it really isn't. I think it revels in the genre but isn't really trying to directly mock it like Scary Movie did to horror movies. While there is definite parody in it, much of it is simply demented, nonsensical fun. I found the lack of consistent parallels refreshing, and it kept the movie interesting. And you have to really pay attention to it, because there is subtle humor strewn throughout.
I will say that I was a fan of The State in its days, but I had no idea that the people from that show had anything to do with this movie at the time I'd rented it. I just knew some people who thought it was funny. I also was never into 80's camp movies. So you don't have to be really knowledgeable of that genre to enjoy this. You do, however, need to have an appreciation for weirdness and an unusual sense of humor to really "get" this movie.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever November 19, 2002
By Joe S.
Format:DVD
I saw this movie a few weeks ago not knowing beforehand that several members of the State are in it and that Wain and Showalter produced and wrote it. The first time I saw it I thought it was great. Upon second and subsequent viewings I realized that it is the smartest and funniest comedy ever made. Yes, this is just my opinion, but that doesn't make it any less true. Showalter, Black, Marino and Lo Truglio are simply amazing. The rest of the cast is great too, especially Christopher Meloni (sp?) as Gene. Garafolo and Pierce are easily the least funny people in the movie, but even they pull off a few good moments. By the way, if you are stupid (i.e. Roger Ebert) you will probably not like this movie. It will leave you confused and angry. If you are a real person, however, you will want to watch it constantly. Hopefully Showalter and Wain will make another movie soon. Again, funniest movie ever made...
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST
This is one of my favorite movies.If you take the time to appreciate all the little random moments in this-you will pee your pants laughing.
Published 1 day ago by Lydia White
1.0 out of 5 stars bad
It had some great casting but a bad plot and it wasn't really funny or enjoyable to watch.. Nothing great to say about this film.
Published 13 days ago by NiteSatyr
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This is one of those films for which you have to be in the right mood. We were in such a mood the other night and were holding our sides laughing.
Published 23 days ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramis-esque
Easily my favorite comedy of all time. Very intelligent writing in a simple package, much like a Harold Ramis type of movie.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Molander
3.0 out of 5 stars meh.....
I went into this movie with very high expectations... and was let down. The movie was funny at times, but did not live up to the hype. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erik
5.0 out of 5 stars Parody
This movie runs the gamut of humor from slapstick to parody of 80s movies. Meatballs, Porkies, Platoon, and Rocky 2 and 3 are all viciously skewered. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Benjamin A. Tuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets go into town!!!
Such a quirky, fun movie. Everyone should watch this at least once in their lives and have a good laugh. Did I mention going into town is the BEST???
Published 2 months ago by FFB
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst I have ever seen
If possible in your system, I would give it minus three stars. There is nothing good to say about it. The movie stinks from beginning to end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Armin P Langheinrich
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly Summer Camp Movie with a Few Yucks
I was a summer camp counselor in the Midwest, and while this was nothing like that experience, the movie was a bit of a reminiscent romp down memory lane. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Antonioli
1.0 out of 5 stars May be ok if you're under 12.
This was ridiculously lousy. Kept thinking it would get better, but I could only tolerate about 15 minutes of it.
Published 3 months ago by Steve E Niday
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