Wet Hot American Summer

6.51 h 37 min2001X-RayR
"Wet Hot American Summer" recalls the final days at summer camp, 1981: the hikes, the water sports, the sex, the drinking and the talent show! A very rowdy comedy, with Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler.
David Wain
Janeane GarofaloDavid Hyde PiercePaul Rudd
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Michael ShowalterChristopher MeloniZak OrthMarguerite MoreauA.D. MilesMolly ShannonGideon JacobsKen MarinoJoe Lo TruglioMichael Ian BlackLiam NortonAmy PoehlerBradley CooperMarisa RyanElizabeth BanksGabriel MillmanKevin Sussman
Howard Bernstein
R (Restricted)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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VictoriaReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2022
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One of my favorite movies.
GManReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2022
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JJ! Save me a waffle man!
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David wain at his best and with this all star cast before they blew up to the stars they are is great.
skills215Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2022
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One of my go to summer movies
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Honestly this movie is a classic and I watch it at least once every summer
John RobinsonReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2022
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Silly and hilarious
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The cast is chock full of funny ass comedians (too many to name honestly). It’s a super silly parody, but it’s smart too. There’s a reason it’s a cult classic. Watch it!
melissaReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2022
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Good show
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It's a mini series I would say. There r several of these. Very good show and very funny.
SrvivlKittsnReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2022
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Old classic. It's ok
ChristineReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2002
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I found it hilarious..
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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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Karen McCabeReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2016
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WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER is best for older teens and adults due to the frequency ...
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Although it's one of the funniest comedies of the last 20 years, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER is best for older teens and adults due to the frequency of profanity, sexual references, and raunchy humor. This in no way diminishes the brilliance of this parody of early 1980s teenager coming-of-age movies, and, in fact, if this movie lacked profanity, sexual references, and raunchy humor, it wouldn't be much of a parody of those types of movies.

The awareness of the form is pitch-perfect, as is the fearlessness in turning the form on its ear -- such as when the camp has a marriage ceremony for two gay male characters and celebrates their love, instead of what would have transpired in the less tolerant movies of the early 1980s. Everyone from Paul Rudd to Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo to Michael Showalter, and Michael Ian Black turns in incredibly hilarious performances. Wet Hot American Summer belongs in the rarest of comedy movies that you can watch literally dozens of times and always find something new to laugh at. Just watch it once the kids are in bed.
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