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

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11 April 2002 (Czech Republic)  »

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Gyagyák a gatyában, avagy tudom, kit fűztél tavaly nyáron  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$292,102 (USA) (5 October 2001)
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During the scene where Beth (Janeane Garofalo) is announcing which campers need to put their trunks out for an early bus, Janeane Garofalo improvised most of the names. You can hear her call for "David Ben-Gurion," who was the first Prime Minister of Israel. Another name she calls out is "Rabbi Menachem Schneerson"; Menachem Mendel Schneerson was perhaps the best-known twentieth-century leader of the Chabad Lubavich Hassids, a movement within Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. For many of the other names, she is reading from Camp Tawonga's 5-year-club plaque. See more »

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Coop talks about the Style Council (Paul Weller's band after the Jam broke up). The movie takes place in 1981, but the Jam didn't break up until 1982 and the Style Council didn't form until 1983. See more »

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Lindsay: What 'cha doing?
Andy: Writing in my gournal. I write my thoughts in it every day.
Lindsay: Oh, you mean a journal?
Andy: Yeah, whatever. I guess I'm not all smart like you.
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Special thanks to the extras who bravely survived a cold, wet, Pennsylvanian spring. See more »

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References Klute (1971) See more »

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Danny's Song
Written by Kenny Loggins
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21 February 2004 | by (Omaha) – See all my reviews

Wet Hot American Summer is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. It has an excellent cast, including: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd, Chris Melloni, Amy Poehler and Michael Ian Black. This spoof of summer camp movies from the 70's and 80's does a great job of recreating the implausible and predictable plots of the movies of the ear while still staying incredibly funny and fresh. WHAS touches on all the old themes, such as the nice guy trying to get the hot girl, the director awkwardly trying to find love, and the outcast who saves the day. Some of the funniest scenes in the movie are the ones that are so random and unexpected-Andy and the kids in the van, the trip into town, etc.-that you just have to laugh. I have no idea why it didn't receive more attention. It's a shame that a movie this good hasn't received the attention that it deserves.


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