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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

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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Cure Girl's shirt has a still from the video for the song Love Song, which is on Disintegration. Disintegration was released in 1989, the movie takes place in 1981. See more »

Quotes

Alan Shemper: When I was at camp, my favorite activity was always arts and crafts. Or, as we used to call it: arts and *farts* and crafts. We used to make drawings... cave drawings! Which is my way of saying we were cave men. I went to camp so long ago that I can remember saying "sticks and stones may break my bones" and meaning it! I went to camp so long ago that fucking Jesus Christ was my counselor! And my best friend hadn't fully evolved yet! His name was Ug and he walked on all fours! There were two ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Backwards from Three
Written and Performed by Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren
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Overall, pretty terrible, but gets a couple chuckles from sheer weirdness

I don't fully know how I feel about this movie. It's incredibly bizarre and strange, but it balances the normal scenes and the bizarre and weird scenes pretty terribly. For maybe the first half of the movie it feels like a normal, silly R-rated comedy (for the most part). Then, kind of out of nowhere, it slams all the weirdness and utterly ridiculous stuff into your face. It's rather jarring and really confusing. That being said, some scenes were just so strange that I couldn't help but laugh at them. So, we have this movie that is overall fairly bad, but it does make you laugh on occasion. I can't really call it a great movie, as I feel like every laugh the movie gets was gotten by the filmmakers just throwing silly stuff on the screen. That's not the hardest thing to do. But it it most certainly is a watchable film. It gets a few laughs. Maybe, possibly worth a watch, but you can probably do much better.


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