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


Comedy | Romance

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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 a July 2015 Entertainment Weekly interview, David Wain said that the ordeal that Victor undergoes while trying to get back from leading a canoe trip to "make out" with Abby was based on an experience he really had while he was a camp counselor: "I had just turned 16. I was assigned to drive a group of campers to an overnight camping trip and leave the next morning with another counselor and head back to camp. But I had just met this girl at the camp and I was so excited to see her that I decided, 'No, I'm going to leave late at night and race back to camp,' even though I barley knew how to drive. So I cranked up the tunes - pedal to the metal - and I was driving through pitch-black, winding unpaved roads as fast as I could in hopes of making out with this girl. And about two miles away from the campsite but still in the middle of this state park, I smashed hard into a tree. I lodged the fender deep into the tire, rendering the van utterly undriveable, and was stuck in the middle of the woods. I had no idea how to get back--I couldn't see my hand in front of me - but luckily I did end up wandering back to find the campsite with the kids and the counselor and they were like, 'What the hell is wrong with you?' After that they initiated a policy that junior counselors weren't allowed to drive vehicles at camp. I eventually did get to make out with the girl." See more »


When Beth makes Andy pick up his food, Andy's cup still has some juice in it, and he doesn't knock it off the table. When he starts picking up dishes, the empty cup is on the floor. See more »


Henry: So, do you work here?
Beth: Yeah, I'm the Camp Director. You?
Henry: Me, no, I don't work here.
Beth: No, yeah, I'm the camp director... I would know if you worked here.
Henry: Oh, right.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the extras who bravely survived a cold, wet, Pennsylvanian spring. See more »


Written by Peter Criss, Stanley Penridge and Robert Ezrin (as Bob Ezrin)
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of Rock Steady Music
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"It's fun to get away from the camp, even if it's just for an hour."
12 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

The strangest point in this film is a point, about a half hour through, when all of the seemingly normal camp counselors go out in to the city. In a montage shot, they slowly go from reading books at the library, to smoking cigarettes, to smoking joints, to buying cocaine from a guy on the street, to becoming prostitutes, then becoming strung out heroin-addicts at the local crack house. This is not your parent's parody movie.

From this point on, the film is never the same. Seemingly normal character development goes out the window, and characters jump from one complete different personality to another within seconds. We get brilliant lines of dialogue that could only be brought from members of The State, like: "Hey, there's a problem. I've got something I need to tell you." "Oh no! You have crabs." "No. Well, yeah, but that's not the problem." "Oh good."

Pure genius!!! Why don't more comedies have lines of dialogue like this?

Some other great points: "There is a way we could save everyone's lives. Well, no that couldn't work. In order for it to work, we would need to have a device that could randomly generate numbers between 1 and 20." "That's impossible. That would take some sort of highly advanced supercomputer to work." "Not necessarily. No dungeon master goes anywhere without his...20 sided die."

I sort of wish I had known what films were being parodied in this movie. I saw strands that sort of matched what I had seen from old Summer Camp movies I had seen back in high school during the wee hours in the morning during comedy central. But, there were many things here that seemed like they must be references to other films. Oh well. It's just all crazy.

Anyway, I guess I should say that this isn't a really good...movie, per se, but...well, I have no excuses for it. Wet Hot American Summer rules! Dolphins suck it!!!

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