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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 »

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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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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Most of the cars and trucks (including the camp pick up truck) seen in this movie were built after 1981. With the exception of the camp van, and a few other vehicles. See more »

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Susie: [angry that Beth has invited Steve to take part in the talent show] Beth, I may regret saying this, but how dare you usurp my authority as producer...
Ben: Hmph!
Susie: ...director-slash-choreographer of the talent show. I need you to know I have been busting my *balls*, woman! I am telling you, the musical numbers are a mess, my kids are a bunch of amateurs, and the last thing I need today is some diabetic freak prancing around on stage making my life a living *hell*!
Susie: [...]
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Love Is Alright Tonight
Written by Rick Springfield
Performed by Rick Springfield
Courtesy of The RCA Music Group, a Unit of BMG Entertainment
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A mixed bag of a summer camp film
16 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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