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 2011, Paul Rudd told Entertainment Weekly that he was literally not sure he ever got paid for this movie - he thinks that because the budget and the production staff were both so incredibly small, they may have just overlooked making out a check for his salary. See more »
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 »
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 »
I've been wanting to see this movie ever since I read an article in Entertainment Weekly about how funny it was and included many comedians, that were unknown in 2001, that are well known now. I was completely set to see a movie about camping in the early 80s and when I saw it on Netflix I knew it was time. Then splat, I couldn't believe the garbage I was seeing. Yeah it was cool to see some of my favorite comedians and actors in one of their earlier films, like Paul Rudd, but I didn't laugh once. I saw it as a dramedy trying too hard to have some comedic value but failed miserably. Maybe it was my expectations or maybe you had to have experienced camps similar to this to understand it. Whatever the reason I can safely say that I am glad I never watched this film when it came out or I might not have risked seeing some of the actors' later films.
A lot of people seemed to like it though so despite the fact that I didn't I wouldn't say don't waste your time. Watch it yourself and make up your own minds about it, but I will say this: lower your expectations, you just might enjoy it because of that.
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