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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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Storyline

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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love | waterfall | astrophysics | nasa | skylab | See more »

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High Times. Hard Bodies. Soft Rock. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Wet Hot American Summer  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$292,102 (USA) (5 October 2001)
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Trivia

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. For many of the other names, she is reading from Camp Tawonga's 5-year-club plaque. See more »

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The movie is set in 1981 and part of the plot involves Skylab's re-entry. Skylab re-entered in 1979. See more »

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Can of Vegetables: If you wanna smear mud on your ass, smear mud on your ass - just be honest about it. Look, Gene, I've never told anyone this before, but I can suck my own dick, and I do it a lot.
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User Reviews

 
This is a wonderful, funny, funny movie!
1 September 2001 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

Hilarious. A goofy, nostalgic spoof of the early 80's. I loved this movie in all its crudeness and sincerity. See it, these people deserve to make more films. Comedies have become so gross and so ironic, that it's nice to see something that is just plain smart, honest and entertaining. This film doesn't want to do anything but make you laugh and it succeeds.


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Well it just goes to show once more that a great cast is NOTHING... The_Bastion_Of_Mediocrity
6.6 stars?? too generous a rating for this garbage arizonakris
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The comedy is excellent, hilarious and funny but why the gay scene? mmboy
They *nailed* the 1981 look + feel Flywiththeowl
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