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
According to the Entertainment Weekly article from the July 1, 2011 issue, Hank Azaria was a camper at Camp Towanda from age six to fifteen. Janeane Garofalo (his co-star from Mystery Men (1999)) called him after she saw his name on a bunk plaque. Garofalo then gave him a shout out during a scene where she ad-libs a roll call of campers, using the name Jessica Azaria. See more »
During the breakfast scene, Beth is sitting at the table with Gail (Molly Shannon) on her right and Nurse Nancy (Nina Hellman) on her left. Later on in the same scene, when Beth talks to Victor, Nurse Nancy is sitting on her right where Gail should be. See more »
Summer In America
Written by Adam Moreno (as A. Morenoff) and R. Simpson
Performed by Adam Moreno (as Mr. Blue) & Chubb Rock
Courtesy of Race Music
Contains sampled copyrighted material under license from Tappan Zee Records, Inc. See more »
"It's fun to get away from the camp, even if it's just for an hour."
The strangest point in this film is a point, about a half hour through, when all of the seemingly normal camp counselors go out in to the city. In a montage shot, they slowly go from reading books at the library, to smoking cigarettes, to smoking joints, to buying cocaine from a guy on the street, to becoming prostitutes, then becoming strung out heroin-addicts at the local crack house. This is not your parent's parody movie.
From this point on, the film is never the same. Seemingly normal character development goes out the window, and characters jump from one complete different personality to another within seconds. We get brilliant lines of dialogue that could only be brought from members of The State, like: "Hey, there's a problem. I've got something I need to tell you." "Oh no! You have crabs." "No. Well, yeah, but that's not the problem." "Oh good."
Pure genius!!! Why don't more comedies have lines of dialogue like this?
Some other great points: "There is a way we could save everyone's lives. Well, no that couldn't work. In order for it to work, we would need to have a device that could randomly generate numbers between 1 and 20." "That's impossible. That would take some sort of highly advanced supercomputer to work." "Not necessarily. No dungeon master goes anywhere without his...20 sided die."
I sort of wish I had known what films were being parodied in this movie. I saw strands that sort of matched what I had seen from old Summer Camp movies I had seen back in high school during the wee hours in the morning during comedy central. But, there were many things here that seemed like they must be references to other films. Oh well. It's just all crazy.
Anyway, I guess I should say that this isn't a really good...movie, per se, but...well, I have no excuses for it. Wet Hot American Summer rules! Dolphins suck it!!!
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