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 barley 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 »
The children change in front of J.J. during the final camp show. See more »
Arty, I need you to do me a favor. I need you to take a shower today.
'Cause your parents are coming tomorrow, and I don't want to get in trouble.
You haven't taken a shower once this summer. Not once in 8 weeks.
You're covered in dirt. Take a shower.
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After the credits is a "10 years later" epilogue. See more »
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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