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
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 barely 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 »
Cameraman's hand is briefly visible when Beth and Neil run into the back room of the infirmary. See more »
What 'cha doing?
Writing in my gournal. I write my thoughts in it every day.
Oh, you mean a journal?
Yeah, whatever. I guess I'm not all smart like you.
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Special thanks to the extras who bravely survived a cold, wet, Pennsylvanian spring. See more »
Wet Hot American Summer is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. It has an excellent cast, including: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd, Chris Melloni, Amy Poehler and Michael Ian Black. This spoof of summer camp movies from the 70's and 80's does a great job of recreating the implausible and predictable plots of the movies of the ear while still staying incredibly funny and fresh. WHAS touches on all the old themes, such as the nice guy trying to get the hot girl, the director awkwardly trying to find love, and the outcast who saves the day. Some of the funniest scenes in the movie are the ones that are so random and unexpected-Andy and the kids in the van, the trip into town, etc.-that you just have to laugh. I have no idea why it didn't receive more attention. It's a shame that a movie this good hasn't received the attention that it deserves.
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