Wet Hot American Summer

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1980s teen comedies finally get the parody they so richly deserve with Wet Hot American Summer, the first feature film from writer/director David Wain and co-screenwriter Michael Showalter, formerly of the sketch comedy troupe the State. It's the last day of the summer season at Camp Firewood, and as camp director Beth (Janeane Garofalo) prepares to wrap things up, the staff of teenage counselors realize this is their last chance to do something about the summer romances that have been brewing for the past three ...
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Overview

1980s teen comedies finally get the parody they so richly deserve with Wet Hot American Summer, the first feature film from writer/director David Wain and co-screenwriter Michael Showalter, formerly of the sketch comedy troupe the State. It's the last day of the summer season at Camp Firewood, and as camp director Beth (Janeane Garofalo) prepares to wrap things up, the staff of teenage counselors realize this is their last chance to do something about the summer romances that have been brewing for the past three months. Sweet but shy Coop (Michael Showalter) is crazy about pretty Katie (Marguerite Moreau), but there's the problem of her severely moody boyfriend Andy (Paul Rudd). Meanwhile, Victor (Ken Marino) is trying to score with sexy Abby (Marisa Ryan), who is known to make friends easily, and McKinley (Michael Ian Black) and Ben (Bradley Cooper) attempt to keep their hot and heavy relationship a secret. Meanwhile, arts and crafts teacher Gail (Molly Shannon) turns to her students for comfort as her marriage falls apart, drama coach Susie (Amy Poehler) tries to whip the talent show into shape with Ben's help, and camp chef Gene (Christopher Meloni) deals with his unique sexual quirks with the help of a talking can of vegetables (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin). Beth even finds time for romance with socially inept astrophysicist Henry (David Hyde Pierce), but first Henry has to save Camp Firewood from a large piece of space junk about to re-enter Earth's atmosphere. Like Wain and Showalter, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, and Joe Lo Truglio (who appears in a small role) were also members of the State; fellow State alumnus Kerri Kenney was cast in a supporting role in the film, but her character didn't appear in the final cut.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Sarah Sloboda
Sex, drugs, car wrecks, spacecraft, radio celebrities, David Hyde Pierce, and more: Wet Hot American Summer has it all! Loaded with absurd laughs, this film is a refreshing twist on '80s teen angst and summer camp. Viewers who like to forget they're watching a film, beware: The characters and the film itself are constantly aware of themselves as a spectacle, and a lot of the humor relies on a viewer's ability to laugh at filmmaking. Writers David Wain and Michael Showalter (The State) found creative ways to "adhere" to action film conventions and create laughs in unusual places by their characters' strange reactions to the events in the script. Subtly downplayed, many big names like Jeannine Garofalo, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Marguerite Moreau, and the aforementioned David Hyde Pierce appear in a hilarious mess of events intertwined by one thing: the last day of summer camp. Director David Wain's first full-length feature made its debut at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, and due to limited distribution, only screened in selected lucky theaters.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
The movie is so hilariously sly about something so fetishistically trivial that at times it appears to take in an entire culture through a lens made of cheese.
Chicago Reader
It's not a sex movie but a parody, and the loose feel is part of its genius. Lisa Alspector

It's not a sex movie but a parody, and the loose feel is part of its genius. Lisa Alspector
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2014
  • UPC: 025192235740
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,108

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janeane Garofalo Beth
David Hyde Pierce Professor Henry Neuman
Michael Showalter Coop, Alan Shemper
Marguerite Moreau Katie
Paul Rudd Andy
Zak Orth J.J.
Christopher Meloni Gene
A.D. Miles Gary
Molly Shannon Gail
Gideon Jacobs Aaron
Ken Marino Victor
Joe Lo Truglio Neil
Michael Ian Black McKinley
Liam Norton Arty
Amy Poehler Susie
Bradley Cooper Ben
Marisa Ryan Abby
Elizabeth Banks Lindsay
Gabriel Millman Caped Boy
Kevin Sussman Steve
Kevin Thomas Conroy Mork Guy
Christopher Cuzumano Medieval Kid
Madeline Blue Cure Girl
Cassidy Ladden Mallrat Girl
Nina Hellman Nancy
Peter Salett Guitar Dude
Judah Friedlander Ron
Jordan Maclean Alexa
Jake Fogelnest Silas
Technical Credits
David Wain Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Howard Bernstein Producer
Dan Ferat Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Ferris Casting
Jill Kliber Costumes/Costume Designer
Meg Reticker Editor
Peter Salett Songwriter
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Michael Showalter Co-producer, Screenwriter
Craig Wedren Score Composer
Ben Weinstein Cinematographer
Mark White Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CHRISTOPHER MELONI IS AMAZING!

    THERE'S ONE REASON WHY YOU NEED THIS MOVIE...CHRISTOPHER MELONI PUTS ALL OTHER ACTORS IN THIS MOVIE TO SHAME...HE PROVES IN THIS FILM THAT HE NOT ONLY IS AN EXCELLENT DRAMATIC ACTOR BUT THAT HIS COMEDIC TIMING AND TALENT ARE UNPARALLELED! THIS IS A MUST SEE!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    see this movie!!!

    This is one of my favorite movies of all time and it deserves so much more attention. It is so funny and it always keeps me laughing no matter how many times I watch it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Micheal Ian Black!

    this movie is so funny, kinda the stupid humor thing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You watch the movie, im gonna fondle my sweaters

    This was such a powerful movie, with stars like Christopher Meloni, and Paul Rudd, you can't really go wrong. If you have the means, I suggest buying it and watching it a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Fscking Hilarious!

    I absolutely loved this movie! It is one of the greatest, funniest movies I have ever seen! I most definitely recomend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great Picture. So many funny jokes. A real summer movie. A movie to own!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE EVER!

    Seriously...this is the funniest movie ever. The little hidden things that are said are so random but hilarious! A+++++

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