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Movie Review – Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

By Manofyesterday

Director: David Wain

Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Bradley Cooper, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Ken Marino

In this spoof of summer camp movies, it’s the last day of camp and there’s much to be resolved. But I can’t really be bothered to type a synopsis because I really didn’t like the film. At all.

Yeah, given the cast it boasts I thought Wet Hot American Summer would be amazing but the laughs were few and far between. I found most of it boring, and a lot of the humor didn’t land. There’s a trend in Hollywood to cast actors to play much younger people, and it’s probably part of the joke that these adults are playing characters much younger than themselves, but it’s too ridiculous.

It’s one of those films where if you share a sense of humor with the filmmakers then you’ll love this film, but if you don’t then it’s just going to fall flat and have no redeeming features whatsoever, and that’s where I stand.

As an aside they’re making a prequel series to this on Netflix that’s coming out soon I think, and they’ve managed to reunite all the cast. I’m sure it was fun to make, but I won’t be watching. I would recommend that you watch a trailer or a clip from the movie first to gauge whether you share the sense of humour, and then go from there.


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