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Wet Hot American Summer 2001 R CC

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.

Starring:
Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director David Wain
Starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce
Supporting actors Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Gideon Jacobs, Liam Norton, Marisa Ryan, Elizabeth Banks, Gabriel Millman, Kevin Sussman
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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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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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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There were so many insightful reviews that said this movie was good. So I bought it.

THE REVIEWS LIED!

This movie did nothing for me, and I regret buying it. It's got stars, and decent acting, but both of those together can't save the terrible story.
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The most interesting thing about this movie is to see some of today's A List stars before they were being nominated for Oscars and Emmys and headlining multi-million dollar films. The casting director was the real genius behind this movie. Otherwise, the movie itself is simply just o.k. There are a few moments of humor, but more often than not I just found myself asking what all the fuss was about. For some reason, this movie, that bombed when it came out, resulted in a recent Netflix re-boot. Huh? True, it is eye opening to see Bradley Cooper play a gay camp counselor having an illicit tryst with Michael Ian Black. The cast is interesting because while some went on to be big Hollywood actors, some dropped off the radar entirely. When the film was made, it was not apparent who would go on to become big stars and who would not. Such is the fickle nature of Hollywood I guess. Sorry, I just don't get what all the fuss is about.
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