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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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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
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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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High Times. Hard Bodies. Soft Rock. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The shooting script included a dark comedy scene where careless counselor Andy (Paul Rudd) murdered a camper in order to cover up the many drowning or other deaths that occurred due to his negligence, but director and co-writer David Wain cut the scene after he gave the screenplay to his father to look at, because Wain's father said Wain would be disowned by him if he put something that horrible in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the kid falls off the boat he falls close to the dock. In the close-up of him drowning, he's obviously nowhere near the dock. See more »

Quotes

Gail: I hope you like shrimp cocktail, because I want you to be guests of honor at our wedding next week!
Beth: Well, I hope it's not jumbo shrimp, because I'm allergic to oxymorons!
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Crazy Credits

Enabler-at-large: Peter Principato See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD contains several deleted scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Pie Presents: Beta House (2007) See more »

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Written by Dave Freiberg, Jim McPherson, Paul Kantner and Craig Chaquico
Performed by Jefferson Starship
Courtesy of The RCA Music Group, a Unit of BMG Entertainment
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26 January 2002 | by mangospiderSee all my reviews

This movie made me so happy. The performers are so gifted. The details in the art direction and characterizations were pretty spot-on too. Amy Poehler in particular delighted me. That girl rocks my world. Everyone has their moment though. In this time when parodies are almost more common than original ideas, this movie stands out as one of the best.


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Official Sites:

Eureka Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2002 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Wet Hot American Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Honesdale, Pennsylvania, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,481, 29 July 2001

Gross USA:

$295,206

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$295,206
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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