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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.


David Wain
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janeane Garofalo ... Beth
David Hyde Pierce ... Henry
Michael Showalter ... Coop
Marguerite Moreau ... Katie
Paul Rudd ... Andy
Zak Orth ... J.J.
Christopher Meloni ... Gene
A.D. Miles ... Gary
Molly Shannon ... Gail
Gideon Jacobs ... Aaron
Ken Marino ... Victor
Joe Lo Truglio ... Neil
Michael Ian Black ... McKinley
Liam Norton Liam Norton ... Arty
Amy Poehler ... Susie


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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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Eureka Pictures





Release Date:

11 April 2002 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Honesdale, Pennsylvania, USA


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Lindsay: What 'cha doing?
Andy: Writing in my gournal. I write my thoughts in it every day.
Lindsay: Oh, you mean a journal?
Andy: Yeah, whatever. I guess I'm not all smart like you.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the extras who bravely survived a cold, wet, Pennsylvanian spring. See more »

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DVD contains several deleted scenes. See more »


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I Give Up. 80's movies can't be spoofed
1 April 2005 | by efitnessSee all my reviews

I thought I had hit cinema bedrock when I watched "Not Another Teen Movie" and found it to be a thuddingly unfunny, mutton - headed stab at poking fun at 80's teen comedies. Why I didn't stop while I was ahead makes me feel I deserve everything I got from "Wet Hot American Summer," hereafter referred to as, "That piece of Crap."

This looks like one of those movies that was shelved but somehow creeped out into release. Being fully aware of the parody targets and open to outrageousness, I was merely bowled over by how BAD the film was and everybody in it!

It goes absolutely nowhere and is so shapeless that 10 people could reassemble the footage in 10 different ways and not one thing about it would change. It would make as much sense as the film I saw. It's so much less a film than an assemblage of poorly conceived and performed skits that it borders on the absurd that the DVD contains "deleted scenes." HA! That makes it sound like the director actually exercised some judgment and discernment in picking certain scenes over others. Was it to help the pacing? To develop character? To make plot points more cohesive? NO! What's clear is that the deleted scenes are unfunny and poorly done...and so are the ones in the final cut! I sense the film was edited in a Salad Shooter and the deleted ones were merely those that fell on the floor.

The filmmaker has no sense of rhythm or timing, shots are held too long or setups are so sloppy that there is no visual payoff to some of the "jokes." Actors who are normally funny seem to be asea with no direction or guide. Words fail me in detailing how much "That piece of Crap"stinks!

There is, however, one single bit of inspired wry humor that works and is a clever and much needed "shock" effect for many of the moron contingent the film seems to be targeting. In a film spoofing a genre built on sex scenes and breast baring babes, I think it is nothing short of comedy anarchy to feature as the film's single sex scene, a homosexual coupling! It's simply brilliant and is the kind of outrageous daring that comedy is about.

One can imagine the psychological fuses that were blown in some of the the tiny minds that were hoping for a Good Old Beer and Boobs Comedy fest.

However, this bit of sly, subversive wit doesn't make up for nor justifies the ass-aching ineptitude of the rest of "This piece of Crap."

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