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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 »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and a drug sequence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 April 2002 (Czech Republic)  »

Also Known As:

Gyagyák a gatyában, avagy tudom, kit fűztél tavaly nyáron  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,481, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$292,102, 7 October 2001
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1.85 : 1
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According to co-Writer and Director David Wain and co-Writer Michael Showalter, rejected titles for the movie include: -American Love Bunk -American Nametags in Underwear -American Wedgie -Ankle Bites: The Movie -Associate Professor Neumann Goes to Camp -Big American Love Wedgie -Blue Balls -Boner Camp -Boners and Clits -Boyside/Girlside -Bring a Change of Underwear -Buddy Check -Bug Juice '81 -Bunk Bed America -Bunk You -Butt Camp -Cabin Pressure -Camp Fire -Camp Homesucks -Camp Masturbate Each Other -Counselors and Cancers -Damp Vagina Camp -Dew Dew -Fresh Grass -General Swim -Goin' to Third -Hot American Wedgie -Hot Kids in Shorts -Hot Wedgie Days -Internment Camp -The Maine Squeeze -Morning Wood -Postcards From the Cot -Sex, Flies, and a Videotape of a Kid Masturbating -Slow Dance Boner -S'more, Don't Stop -Suck My Big Hard Camp -Taco Meat Drips on Nipples 2 -Teenage Sex Fields -Tits and Taco Day -Waterfront Blues -Welcome Back Cot -Wet Hot Beds Marguerite Moreau claims Paul Rudd was using "Bring a Change of Underwear" as the title for an autobiography. See more »


During the baseball speech, one of the campers is wearing a New Jersey Nets hat. The logo on his hat wasn't adopted until the 1990-1991 season, while the film is set in 1981. See more »


Beth: The phone! The phone! Where's the *fucking* phone?
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Crazy Credits

After the credits is a "10 years later" epilogue. See more »


Day By Day
Written by Stephen Schwartz
Performed by Kathleen Pandolfo
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A Dry Cold American Mess
9 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

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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