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Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  11 April 2002 (Czech Republic)
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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)


$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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Idiotic and self-indulgent pointless waste of time
18 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

There are so many struggling film makers with good ideas, who would love to have David Hyde-Pierce or Jeanine Garafolo help get their films made. Good original films. Bit, no! They star in this tripe. Why this was made, I don't know. Writer/producer/director David wain obviously has unresolved issues about being a nerd at summer camp, but this unfunny movie ought to have stayed private between him and his therapist. Porky's and American Pie , though gross, each have something to say about youth and sex. This movie says nothing. Even Meatballs is better. And of course, Woody Allen does the alienated Jewish intelligentsia experience definitively. Wet Hot American Summer is not even good enough to be so bad its funny.

Avoid this movie. Run screaming.

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