Wet Hot American Summer
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.
Film #18 in The June Challenge
Wet Hot American Summer is a ridiculously absurd comedy with a great cast and a lot of bizarre humour. The film's style of comedy is definitely composed of a lot of randomness, which is one of my favourite styles of comedy when it is done well (see: Hot Rod, Father's Day). This film treats its ridiculous situations very well, letting them happen organically and without having characters comment on them later (there aren't any moments where anyone goes, "hey wasn't that crazy when we robbed that old lady?"). The film allows the absurd moments to happen without treating them stupidly, and the actors do a great job at finding the appropriate level of campiness…
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Spoof movies for the last few years have been reduced to garbage like Epic Movie and Meet the Spartans. They can't even be creative with the titles of the movie much less the comedy in them. Little did I know this little gem of a spoof film came out over 10 years ago. I have no idea why this was under my radar.
I think being a child of the 80s you were legally obligated to watch every coming-of-age film that came out, and I think there was one every month for 10 years. There should be a genre called 80's…
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Have you ever noticed how people that post a legend for their star ratings in their bio on Letterbox dot com often assign the 5-star position the designation of “masterpiece”? Why is that? What is the objective definition of a masterpiece?
Whoa slow down there, Baudelaire; where is this going?!?
Anyways, what I’ve noticed from people who typically designate the 5-star as a masterpiece, the only films to earn this are mostly austere, rather morose foreign films. Or a comedy of manners that offers dry, witty dialogue, mixed with dense plotting. Or a psychedelic head trip movie that pushes boundaries with form and surrealism. The “masterpiece” classification seems to mostly fit films that deal with…
This was a fun little comedy. I laughed some, it was sweet while very weird and silly. Incredible fun casting though; Paul Rudd, Leslie Knope, that guy from The Hangover, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, and so on and so forth.
It was fun. I don't really have that much to say about it. If you like silly comedies, give it a whirl.
I didn't really see what all the fuzz is about though, so I might rewatch it in a while. Certainly wouldn't mind seeing it again.
I'm essentially never not watching this.
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"You taste like a burger. I don't like you anymore."
I used to love The State, the nineties MTV program created by and starring many of the people seen here (Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, director David Wain), but a few years back I revisited the first season of the cult show and found myself woefully underwhelmed. Much of it was unfunny, overbearing, and tiresome, but nostalgia for the actors and the occasional shining moment carried me through. I feel quite similarly about Wet Hot American Summer, though I never had the strong connection to this film that I had for The State. But this is essentially a ninety minute episode with a series of intercutting sketches all…
Watched countless times, always a blast. This time I was struck by a sadness that Paul Rudd has somehow become typecast as a straightman. In this film, one full of hilarious people performing at peak levels, Rudd is still the funniest by far.
Stone. Cold. American. Classic.
Saw it at Red Rocks.
Very fun, silly and memorable. I will watch this movie every year.
OK I finally believe the hype. Favorite parts: Anything with Christopher Meloni or the out of town montage
I'm at an inherent disadvantage with this movie, considering I have close to zero familiarity with the kind of summer camp movie being spoofed here. As such, I didn't quite connect with it on the deep level that others seem to. Part of it might be the tone of the ordeal, and it took me a little while for me to get on the film's very unique wavelength. It's easy for me to understand why many critics were so turned off by it when it first came out. If you don't quite get what it's going for, it could potentially feel like a lifeless, shapeless lump of a thing.
Once I got there, though, I enjoyed myself tremendously. It disregards…
WATCH THIS. Some great actors that we know today in some summer camp shit. Amazing