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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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Did You Know?


It rained twenty-three out of twenty-eight days during the filming of this movie. See more »


Post-1990 automobiles are shown driving around in the "town trip" montage. See more »


[Coop is sobbing, Gene appears from nowhere]
Gene: Be proud of who you are.
Coop: Huh? Gene?
Gene: Shh... it isn't about the girl, Coop.
Coop: It isn't?
Gene: Well, it is. But see if you can follow me here... it
[long pause]
Gene: ... isn't.
Coop: Oh. So it is... and it isn't.
[pause, wind blows]
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

DVD contains several deleted scenes. See more »


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User Reviews

Not funny, for serious.
12 July 2004 | by BillitonTitaanzinkSee all my reviews

I have read all of the on-line reviews of this movie and I don't understand what all the fuss is about. I mean, I'm from Philadelphia, and Wet Hot American Summer was just about the worst movie I've seen all year. If this is supposed to be satire, it falls flat. If this is supposed to be absurdity, it's pretty banal. Looking at this movie from 1000 different angles, I see 1000 bad movies, and I don't want to hear "you just don't get it." That is a lazy defense of a comedy. Try giving reasons, evidence, support for your claims. You know, the essence of an argument. I don't know, I don't really care anyways. Just forget it.

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Official Sites:

Eureka Pictures





Release Date:

11 April 2002 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Wet Hot American Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,481, 29 July 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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