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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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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)

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

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$292,102 (USA) (5 October 2001)
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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 »

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The raft on top of the van that Victor is driving to Moose river disappears and reappears. See more »

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Beth: The following campers need to put their trunks out so the early bus to Boston can pick them up at 7:30 AM: Amanda Klein, Jessica Azaria, Ira... Stevenberg, Sol Zimmer... stein... uh, David... Ben Gurion...
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After the credits is a "10 years later" epilogue. See more »

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References Mork & Mindy (1978) See more »

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Backwards from Three
Written and Performed by Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren
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Like nothing you've seen before
20 January 2002 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

Wet Hot American Summer is without question, the funniest movie to come out in years, and certainly among the funniest I've ever seen. The reason you might not have heard of it is because it isn't as advertised as other movies, because it doesn't have the type of budget to advertise itself. It breaks my heart that horribly made, unfunny, unoriginal movies, such as American Pie 2, were in more theaters and are more available to rent or buy.

The humor in WHAS is not comparable to humor in any other movie that comes to mind. The humor is a lot like the what you would see on The State (because it was written/directed by State cast members). Many scenes are just so ridiculous that you have to laugh, and if you don't, its because you are taking the movie too seriously.

The day this movie came out on video, my friends and I watched it as many times as we could manage to, in one day. Every time we watched, we noticed something new, and still laughed hysterically at the stuff we noticed the first time. It has the type of replay value that should make you go out and buy it, rather than rent it.


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