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Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

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Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.

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Gerald 'Coop' Cooperberg / Alan Shemper
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Katie
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Gail von Kleinenstein
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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. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It was the last day of summer camp. It was the first day of the third week in August. See more »

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and a drug sequence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,481 (USA) (27 July 2001)

Gross:

$292,102 (USA) (5 October 2001)
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In 2011, Paul Rudd told Entertainment Weekly that he was literally not sure he ever got paid for this movie - he thinks that because the budget and the production staff were both so incredibly small, they may have just overlooked making out a check for his salary. See more »

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Hilarious parody of the dreckiest film genre
7 February 2002 | by (Newington, CT) – See all my reviews

They don't get any worse than summer camp movies, but nothing is funnier than this satire aimed at that very genre. People who came of age in the early eighties ( like me ) may get more of the jokes, but the movie is great all the way through. The cast is impeccable, the writing is spot on, and a much neglected era is brought to life convincingly. Many jokes start out as the same old predictable stuff but get turned on their heads. Watch until the very end of the credits for one of the funniest jokes I have ever seen on film; it's worth the price of admission for that alone. Fans of the State, the most brilliant sketch comedy show of the past 187 years, will go absolutely crazy over this. A must see film that puts to shame many a period piece.


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Well it just goes to show once more that a great cast is NOTHING... The_Bastion_Of_Mediocrity
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