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
The shooting script included a dark comedy scene where careless counselor Andy murdered a camper in order to cover up the many drowning or other deaths that occurred due to his negligence, but director/co-writer David Wain cut the scene after he gave the screenplay to his father to look at--because Wain's father said Wain would be disowned by him if he put something that horrible in the movie. See more »
On the "town trip" montage, the characters are seen eating French fries from McDonald's Super-Size fry containers. In 1981, when the movie was set, there were no Super-Sizes available at McDonald's. See more »
I hope you like shrimp cocktail, because I want you to be guests of honor at our wedding next week!
Well, I hope it's not jumbo shrimp, because I'm allergic to oxymorons!
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After the credits is a "10 years later" epilogue. See more »
This movie defintely has its high and low points, the plot concerns the last day of camp in 1981 at a small Jewish summer camp in Maine. It's meant as a parody of all those late 70s, early 80s teen sex romps like Porky's and Meatballs, and while some of the parodies are dead on, others fall rather flat. Perhaps the funniest moment concerns some of the counselors "hour-long" trip into town which starts out innocently but then degrades into a drugged-out parody where the kids start out smoking cigarettes and quickly go to robbing old ladies to feed their newfound cocaine and heroin addictions. Other high points include the Vietnam veteran cook, the loony arts & crafts instructor, and even the children deciding not to play baseball against the anonymously evil-rival camp because they just don't feel like it. A lot of the movie seems more like a bunch of strung together sketches, which adds to its weakness. However, it is fun to see the return of the bad haircuts, too-short shorts, and high socks that made up that era, along with some great early 80s rock hits.
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