Wet Hot American Summer

PLOT:

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.

What people are saying:

“I don’t think that a lot of people realize that yes this film is a comedy-but it’s more specifically a SATIRE. It’s supposed to be stupid and leave you thinking “What did I just watch?” It’s making fun of cheesy summer romance movies in the 70s/80s. If that’s not the type of comedy you find funny, that’s understandable. But a lot of the 1 star reviews simply say that they “didn’t get it”. That being said, I thought it was a great display of obnoxious satire. It’s definitely not one of my top ten favorites, but I still enjoyed it and would watch it again.” 4 stars

“Always enjoyed cult classics like Porky’s, Meatballs and Spring Break but this movie was like watching a Tornado crashing into a warehouse full of stupid. 97 minutes of my life I will never get back.” 1 star

“It looks like the cast had a great time and loads of fun making this film. Unfortunatlly that fun doesn’t transcend to the viewer.” 2 stars

“Charm free comedy vacuum, considering how successful some of the cast has become it seems inexplicable any would wish to revisit this joke free embarrassment. Unless you have a literacy level of a three year old I strongly recommend you do ANYTHING other than watch this .” 1 star

“This is the sort of movie that probably didn’t get any rewrites. It felt like a series of random events strewn together. I guess it’s going for the quirky vibe, but it doesn’t make it any funnier/more entertaining. That said, there were 3 or 4 laugh out loud moments and seeing some familiar comedic faces in the cast made it more forgivable. It could’ve been a great parody, but I guess that’s why it isn’t a mainstream film and achieved cult status.” 3 stars

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